April 8, 1878|
New Haven, Connecticut
|Died: April 16, 1944
Princeton, New Jersey
|September 13, 1898, for the New York Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1901, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Runs batted in||137|
Clarence Francis "Pop" Foster (April 4, 1878 – April 16, 1944) was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the New York Giants, Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox. He played a total of 18 seasons in baseball, four at the Major League level and 14 in minor league baseball.
New York Giants
1901 was a career year for Foster with the Washington Senators. He hit .278 with 109 hits, 16 doubles, nine triples, six home runs, 54 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 103 games. Despite his good play Foster was released by the Senators on September 9, 1901.
Chicago White Stockings
The day Foster was released by the Senators, the Chicago White Sox of the American League signed Foster. He finished the season with Chicago batting .286 with 10 hits, two doubles, two triples, one home run and six RBIs. He finished the season with career highs in at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging.
Foster did not appear in the majors after 1901. He continued to play in Minor League Baseball for 14 seasons. Foster made stops in Providence, Rhode Island, Montreal, Quebec, Bridgeport, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey.
In 262 games in the major leagues, Foster hit .281 with 260 hits, 36 doubles, 20 triples, 10 home runs and 137 RBIs.
Yale men's basketball coach
In addition to playing professional baseball, Foster also coached the Yale University men's basketball team for the 1912–13 collegiate basketball season. The Bulldogs finished with a 5–7 record in his lone season at the helm.