adventures in baseball archeology: the negro leagues, latin american baseball, j-ball, the minors, the 19th century, and other hidden, overlooked, or unknown corners of baseball history...with occasional forays into other sports
Here’s a photo of the 1902 Philadelphia Giants, the first edition of that soon-to-be great ballclub, from the October 5, 1902, Philadelphia Inquirer. It was later printed in Sol White’s History of Colored Base Ball (1907), but without the players identified. Perhaps most importantly, that’s the veteran Frank Grant, second from left in the middle row.
You can click to enlarge the team photo, but in case the print is still too small, here are the players:
Top row, L to R: Farrell, 1B; John Nelson, 3B; Sol White, SS & captain; Kid Carter, P; Warrick, P.
Second row: W. Smith, CF; Frank Grant, 2B; H.W. Schlichter, manager; William Bell, P; Harry Smith, asst. manager; Andrew Payne, LF.
If you haven’t, you should check out this essay by John Thorn on Frank Grant, probably the best African-American player of the nineteenth century. See especially how Grant served as the model for a character in an 1895 novel by a childhood acquaintance, a novel that, strangely, predicted the 1901 “Chief Tokohama” incident involving not Frank, but Charlie Grant.