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Though not a well-known name today, Pop Lloyd was a trailblazer in the world of baseball. The great Honus Wagner said, It is a privilege to have been compared with him. This work looks at the life and career of John Henry Pop Lloyd, who played in the early Negro Leagues and went on to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In an era when players could easily become a kind of commodity for their teams, Pop Lloyd worked hard to retain his autonomy, refusing to agree to a binding serve clause.
Alfonso Ramon Lopez spent 36 years in the big leagues as a catcher and manager. He had a .261 lifetime batting average, compiled 1,547 hits and caught a then-record 1,918 games in a 19-year playing career. The teams he managed-the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox-won two pennants and finished runner-up 10 times in 17 seasons. He was the only manager to interrupt the Yankees' 15 year pennant dynasty from 1949, piloting the Indians in 1954 with an A.L. record 111 wins and guiding the White Sox in 1959. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977. Al Lopez of Tampa opened up baseball to individuals of Spanish, Cuban and Italian ancestry at a time when social barriers had just begun to recede. He symbolized for many Latins the path to success. This book is his first-ever biography. It is based, first, on the recollections of the man himself, and former players, family, and fans, and also on newspaper and periodical accounts, and archival resources.
Alfonso Ramon Lopez spent 36 years in the baseball league as a catcher and manager. He had a 261 lifetime batting average, compiled 1547 hits and caught a then-record 1918 games in a 19-year playing career. The teams he managed, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox, won two pennants and finished runner-up 10 times in 17 seasons. He also opened up baseball to individuals of Spanish, Cuban and Italian ancestry. This biography is based on the recollections of Al himself, those of former players, family and fans, and also on newspaper and periodical accounts, and archival resources.
Although he never played a day in the white major leagues, John Henry "e;Pop"e; Lloyd was one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived. A shortstop who could take over a game with his glove or his bat, Lloyd dominated early black baseball, drawing comparisons to the most celebrated National Leaguer of his day, Honus Wagner, who declared it a privilege to be mentioned with Lloyd. Beginning his career years before the first Negro National League was established, Lloyd played for a dizzying number of teams, following the money, as he'd put it, throughout the country and sometimes past its borders, doing several stints in Cuba. He was seemingly ageless, winning two batting titles in his 40s and playing at the highest levels of blackball until he was 48. (He would continue to coach and play semi-pro baseball for another ten years.) Admired by teammates and opponents alike for his generosity and quiet strength, Lloyd was also one of the most beloved figures in white or black baseball.