Negro League Baseball

The Negro leagues were United States professional baseball leagues comprising teams predominantly made up of African Americans and, to a lesser extent, Latin Americans. The term may be used broadly to include professional black teams outside the leagues and it may be used narrowly for the seven relatively successful leagues beginning in 1920 that are sometimes termed “Negro Major Leagues.”

Rube Foster, the manager for the Chicago American  Giants, was known for his aggressive style of managing.  According to his brother  Willie. “Rube would start his man from first, and have his man that was hitting lay the ball down the third base line. Since you were already stealing you (were expected to) make it to third and pick up the extra base.