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John Henry Lloyd

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1977

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Biographical Information[edit]

"I am honored to have John Lloyd called the Black Wagner. It is a privilege to have been compared to him." — Honus Wagner, quoted at Lloyd's Hall of Fame website

John Henry ("Pop") Lloyd was a Negro League shortstop, who was often considered an equal to his white contemporary Honus Wagner. He played for the Cuban X-Giants (1906), Philadelphia Giants (1907-1909), Leland Giants (1910), New York Lincoln Giants (1911-1913, 1926-1930), Chicago American Giants (1914-1917), New York Lincoln Stars (1915), Brooklyn Royal Giants (1918-1920), New York Bacharach Giants (1919), Columbus Buckeyes (1921), Atlantic City Bacharach Giants (1922, 1924-1925, 1931-1932), Hilldale (1923), and Harlem Stars (1931). He managed the Brooklyn Royal Giants (1918-1920), Columbus Buckeyes (1921), New York Bacharachs (1922), and Hilldale (1923).

"He looked like he was gliding over to the ball. You could hardly see his feet move." - Judy Johnson, from the book Blackball Stars

Most sources continue to list his year of death as 1965, but he actually died in 1964. An obituary appears in the April 4, 1964 issue of The Sporting News, and the Social Security death index confirms the year. The 2007 ESPN Encyclopedia also recognizes the change. The SABR website presently show it under Frank Phelps' log of Sporting News obituaries (1930-1991).

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1921 Columbus Buckeyes Negro National League 42-48 6th Columbus Buckeyes
1923 Hilldale Club Eastern Colored League 40-21 1st Hilldale Club League Champs
1924 Atlantic City Bacharach Giants Eastern Colored League 36-32 4th Atlantic City Bacharach Giants
1925 Atlantic City Bacharach Giants Eastern Colored League 36-38 4th Atlantic City Bacharach Giants
1926 New York Lincoln Giants Eastern Colored League 22-31 5th New York Lincoln Giants
1927 New York Lincoln Giants Eastern Colored League 11-21 5th New York Lincoln Giants
1928 New York Lincoln Giants Eastern Colored League 21-17 3rd New York Lincoln Giants
1929 New York Lincoln Giants American Negro League 45-28 2nd New York Lincoln Giants


  • 1906-1911: The Baseball Encyclopedia, Macmillan, 10th Edition, pgs 2795-2796
  • 1912-1923: www.seamheads.com, from research by Gary Ashwill and Kevin Johnson
  • 1924-1932: Shades of Glory, Hogan et al., pp. 390–393
  • Connelsville (PA) Daily Courier, March 20, 1964, page 6: "John Henry Lloyd, Greatest Negro Player, Dies at 79"

Further Reading[edit]

  • Wes Singletary: The Right Time: John Henry "Pop" Lloyd and Black Baseball, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2011.

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