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Foster, William Hendrick (12 June 1904–16 September 1978), African-American baseball player and college dean, was born in Calvert, Texas, the son of Andrew Foster, Sr., a United Methodist minister, and Sarah Lewis. At a young age Foster, his mother, and his sister Geneva joined relatives in Rodney, Mississippi. Foster attended nearby Alcorn College’s lab school until 1917, when he developed an interest in playing baseball like his older half-brother ...