No. 25, Pop Lloyd – The Athletic

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

We know so little about John Henry Lloyd. It’s heartbreaking.

Give you an example: When you start to research Lloyd, you will pretty quickly come across a guy named Ted Harlow. Who is that? Well, he was, by some accounts, a St. Louis sportswriter, but by many of the more recent accounts, he was more than that. He was a legendary St. Louis sportswriter. By all accounts, he was a white sportswriter, which is important.

Harlow supposedly called Pop Lloyd the greatest baseball player who ever lived.

“Legend has it,” The Press of Atlantic City reported, “that in 1938 noted St. Louis sportswriter Ted Harlow was asked whom he…

Read the full text of “No. 25, Pop Lloyd – The Athletic”