New York Lincoln Giants

New York Lincoln Giants, 1911 from their inaugural season. The Lincoln Giants were one of early Negro League baseball's greatest and most legendary teams. This club is credited with a 108-12 record in 1911, winning the first of three straight eastern championships. "Copyright 1911 by C. Mason Photo, N.Y." in the lower left. This team was managed by Sol White (center), and includes HOFer John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, (.475 average in 1911), Dick "Cannonball" Redding, Spot Poles, Louis Santop, Grant "Home Run" Johnson, and Dan McClellan (who threw the first perfect game in black baseball history for the 1903 Cuban X Giants). Half of this roster came from two other noted early teams, the 1903-04 Cuban X Giants and the 1905-06 Philadelphia Giants