Clarence Williams (baseball)

Clarence "Waxey" Williams (January 27, 1866 – September 23, 1934)[2] was an American baseball catcher who played for predecessor teams to the Negro leagues. He joined the Cuban Giants, the first black professional team, during their first season. He played at least 20 years for major teams. He was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Clarence Williams
Born: (1866-01-27)January 27, 1866
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Died: September 23, 1934(1934-09-23) (aged 68)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
1885, for the Cuban Giants
Last appearance
1912, for the Smart Set

In his time the Cuban Giants played in otherwise all-white leagues during 1887, 1889, and 1890, but Williams and Frank Grant played on the otherwise white Harrisburg team in the Eastern Interstate League. (Harrisburg and the Giants battled for the pennant.)


  • Riley, James A. (1994). "Williams, Clarence". The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Carroll & Graf. pp. 847–48. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
  • (Riley.) Clarence Williams, Personal profiles at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. – identical to Riley (confirmed 2010-04-16)

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