Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 1977
A line-drive hitter whose extraordinary skills at shortstop drew favorable comparisons to Honus Wagner, John Henry Lloyd was one of the best black players of the Dead Ball Era. Although a consummate gentleman off the field, Lloyd was an aggressive, fearless baserunner on it, and was also one of the best hitters of his era. He had great range and large, steady hands that led Cuban fans to dub him El Cuchara (The Shovel). The easygoing Lloyd later became a player-manager and was given the affectionate nickname Pop by the young players he mentored.