Andrew Rube Foster Scrapbook, 1910-1981
Scrapbook of articles focusing on the career of Andrew Rube Foster, created by his son Earl M. Foster. Content is primarily clippings from the Chicago Defender, with a few photographs and postcards included. Of note are play-by-play game accounts from 1921, and a series of articles by Foster during his tenure as the President of the Negro National League, regarding what baseball needs to do to succeed. There is a 1930 obituary, a 1976 tribute article and an induction article from 1981., Known as the Father of Black Baseball, Rube Foster pitched for the following teams in the Negro leagues: Philadelphia Giants (1904-1906), Chicago Leland Giants (1908, 1910, 1910 as player-manager), and the Chicago American Giants (1911, 1913-1915, 1917-1918 as player-manager). During his playing career, Foster managed the American Giants (1912, 1916). After his playing career, Foster managed the American Giants (1919-1926) and in 1920 organized the Negro National League. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.
Art Pennington scrapbook, 1940-1959
Scrapbook includes newspaper clippings and photographs documenting Pennington's personal life and playing career during the 1940s and 1950s. These items document his tenure with the Chicago American Giants, the Puebla club of the Mexican League, Caribbean winter league teams and American minor league teams including Keokuk and Cedar Rapids of the Three-I League, Modesto of the California League, St. Petersburg of the Florida State League as well as others. Of note are photographs and clippings (many in Spanish) relating to the Puebla team in 1946 that included Sal Maglie, photographs of the Chicago American Giants and other African American players, photographs and clippings from the Winter Leagues including games in Havana, and material on the minor leagues in the 1950s. Family photographs are also included., Art Pennington was a member of the Chicago American Giants of the Negro American League in the 1940s, numerous winter league teams, Mexican League teams and minor league teams in the 1950s. His playing career lasted until 1959 when he played for Modesto of the California League. He was primarily an outfielder and was nicknamed "Superman."
Big Bill Smith scrapbook, 1906-1914
Scrapbook contains newspaper articles relating to the history and game of baseball, game accounts, and boxscores. Most relate to William T. "Big Bill" Smith, who played for and managed various Independent Negro League teams. Photographs in the scrapbook include the 1914 Mohawk Giants, 1908 Cuban Giants, 1912 Royal Poincianas playing in Palm Beach, Florida, New York Black Sox, and Cuban Ex-Giants. There is also a photograph of an African American umpire and one of the Cuban Ex-Giants with the name James Robinson, pitcher, written on the back., William T. "Big Bill" Smith was a catcher and manager in the Independent Negro Leagues from about 1889 to 1920, starting with Frank Leland and the Chicago Unions. He founded the first Negro National League. He played for a number of teams including the Chicago Unions (1889-1897), Cuban X-Giants (1903-1904, 1906), Brooklyn Royal Giants (1905, 1911-1912), and the Cuban Giants (1907-1909, 1912). He addended Fisk University in Tennessee.
Jackie Robinson scrapbook, 1947-1956
Jackie Robinson Scrapbook contains primarily illustrations of Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers between 1947 and 1956 taken from magazines and national newspapers. Included are two baseball cards, numerous magazine covers featuring Robinson, and team photographs of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Of note are illustrations from his barnstorming team (c1949) and includes a picture of a publicity poster., Jack Donovan lived in Chicago and appeared to be young when he compiled the scrapbook. Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play major league baseball in the 20th century and played with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956.