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John B. Foster

John B. Foster (Sportswriter.  Born, Norwalk, OH, July 16, 1863; died, Washington, DC, Sept. 29, 1941.)  Successor, in 1908, to Henry Chadwick as editor of Spalding’s Baseball Guide, John B. Foster was also active as a sportswriter for over 50 years.  Starting in Cleveland, O., in 1888, when he covered his first major league game, Foster attracted the notice of New York editors, and joined the Evening Telegram in 1896.  He was sports editor of the Telegram for 12 years (1900-12) and then moved to the Giants as secretary and business manager.  During his years with the Giants, Foster covered a wide range of sports for the Herald.  Following the sale of the Giants to the syndicate headed by Charles Stoneham (q.v.), he became a sportswriter full-time again with The Sun, where he remained until 1931.  Foster then signed with the Consolidated Press as a syndicated writer who was considered an authoritative source on all things baseball and answered fans’ queries by the thousands annually.  He edited the Spalding Guide until it was discontinued after the 1941 edition.  Foster was the first chairman of New York’s B.B.W.A.A. chapter.

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