Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pop Lloyd ranks fourth in Cuban League history in batting

March 19: On this day in 1965, Negro leagues star and Hall of Famer John Henry "Pop" Lloyd died in Atlantic City, N.J.

Lloyd, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, played for Habana, Fe, San Francisco and Almendares in the Cuban League from 1908-1930.

He ranks fourth on the career batting list in Cuban League history with a .329 average, according to Who Who's in Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878-1961. In his 13 winters in Cuba, Lloyd batted over .300 seven times.

Lloyd (shown in this photo from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's eMuseum) was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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