As a follow-up to John Thorn’s essay about the small Catskills resort community of Fleischmanns, New York, and its turn-of-the-century semipro team, the Mountain Athletic Club, John also sent this amazing photograph of the 1903 Cuban Giants (who played the Mountain Tourists on August 10 of that year).
Based on other photos (including this one, of the 1902 Cuban Giants), we can identify most of the players, as follows:
Standing L to R: Eddie Day, John M. Bright, Bill Galloway.
The player I have identified as Galloway here also looks a little bit like the pitcher Abbott (no first name yet known), shown here in another Cuban Giants team photo:
Whereas here are a couple of photos of Galloway:
And here is a closeup of the guy in the 1903 Cuban Giants photo above:
Aside from that, the only unidentified player left is the guy sitting in the middle row between Williams and Watkins holding the ball, which was a common pose for pitchers in team photos at the time. In the box scores you can find, in addition to the players already identified, pitchers named Jones and Brown, so they would be the top candidates for now.
Lemuel Russell Williams, by the way, first joined the Cuban Giants that year (1903), probably at the behest of fellow Geneva, Ohio, resident Wallace Gordon. After his baseball career he returned to Ohio and in the 1920s played an important role helping to organize the Tate Stars and other Cleveland Negro league clubs. (His biographical information at the Seamheads DB hasn’t been updated yet, but will be soon.)