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Keith Charles Foulke (pronounced /ˈfoʊk/ "folk") (born October 19, 1972 in Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who is currently playing for the Newark Bears organization.

After graduating from Hargrave High School in Huffman, Texas in 1991, he attended Galveston College and Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. He began his career in the minor-league system of the San Francisco Giants, but was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1997 for starting pitchers Wilson Alvarez and Danny Darwin, along with top reliever Roberto Hernandez.

In 1998, Keith found a home in the White Sox bullpen, primarily serving as set-up man for closers Matt Karchner (who was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the middle of the season) and Bill Simas. In 1999, Foulke established himself as one of the league's best relief pitchers, posting a 2.22 ERA in 105.1 innings of work over 67 games, however, he was still used primarily as a set-up man. His stellar season even netted him a vote for the 1999 AL Cy Young Award.

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