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01-31-2013, 01:20 PM
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With the 81st pick, the Brooklyn Suberbas select left handed hitting SS John Henry Lloyd

"You could put Wagner and Lloyd in a bag together, and whichever one you pulled out you couldn't go wrong." --Connie Mack.

“I am honoured to have John Lloyd called the Black Wagner. It’s a privilege to have been compared to him” –Honus Wagner

When Babe Ruth was interviewed by pioneering announcer Graham McNamee, he was asked who was the greatest player of all time. Ruth asked, "You mean major leaguers?" "No," replied McNamee, "the greatest player anywhere." "In that case," responded Ruth, "I'd pick John Henry Lloyd."

“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).” – National Baseball Hall of Fame writeup

Lloyd had an extremely impressive offensive and defensive 27 year career (1906-1932) with the following MLB equivalent stats:

.315 BA, .359 OBP, .407 SG, and a staggering 3,679 hits (which would rank him 4th all time)

127 Fielding Win Shares (which would rank him 3rd all time for a SS)

Bill James had him ranked as the second best shortstop of all-time.

Lloyd was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.

All in all, a fantastic offensive and defensive player and will fit nicely into the top part of the Superbas lineup.

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