John Henry ‘Pop’ Lloyd played twenty-seven seasons of professional baseball between 1906 and 1932, and is considered one of the greatest shortstops in Negro League history. He was often compared to Honus Wagner because of his remarkable skill as a hitter as well as his range and arm as a fielder. Nicknamed ‘El Cuchara’, or ‘The Shovel’, Pop Lloyd finished his outstanding career with a lifetime batting average of .343 including several seasons where he batted over .400. He was a player/manager for several seasons and was a mentor to many young players during his career, which in turn earned him the nickname ‘Pop’.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
September 25, 2010