SS Pop Lloyd Negro Leagues
John Henry Lloyd (El Cuchara)
Born: April 25, 1884, in Palatka, Florida
Died: March 19, 1965, in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Primary Position: Shortstop
Bats: L Throws: R
- A tall, angular man with a Dick Tracy profile, Lloyd was a nondrinking, soft-spoken gentleman who seldom cursed. He was a complete professional, on and off the field.
- Lloyd played on at least a dozen different teams in his 26-year career. When asked why so many teams, Lloyd replied, "Where the money was, that's where I played."
- Often compared to the great Honus Wagner, which Wagner found flattering, saying, "I am honored to have John Lloyd called the Black Wagner. It is a priviledge to have been compared to him."
- When Babe Ruth was interviewed by pioneering announcer Graham McNamee, he was asked who was the greatest player of all time. Ruth asked, "You mean major leaguers?" "No," replied McNamee, "the greatest player anywhere." "In that case," responded Ruth, "I'd pick John Henry Lloyd."
- The easygoing Lloyd later became a player-manager, and was given the affectionate nickname, "Pop," by the young players he mentored.