George Williams (Negro leagues)
George L. Williams (March 1864 – January 9, 1918) was an American baseball infielder who played on and managed predecessor teams to the Negro leagues. In 1885, he was recruited from a top amateur club in Philadelphia to play for the Cuban Giants. He served as the captain of the Cuban Giants from 1886 to 1889.
|Infielder / Manager|
|Born: March 1864|
|Died: January 9, 1918 (aged 53)|
|1885, for the Cuban Giants|
|1906, for the Cuban X-Giants|
Williams played on black teams in mostly-white minor leagues in 1889 and 1890. In 1890, he captained the York Colored Monarchs of the Eastern Interstate League, which was all-white except for the Colored Monarchs and one integrated team. That season, Williams won the league batting title with a .386 average and helped York win the league championship.
Williams played professional baseball until 1892. He was also hired to manage the Cuban Giants in 1897. In 1906, he organized and managed the Wilmington Giants of the racially integrated International League of Independent Professional Base Ball Clubs.
- "1890 Eastern Interstate League Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- Lomax 2003, p. 152
- "Wilmington Giants: George Williams Organizes Another Hot Team of Ball Players," Philadelphia Inquirer, April 1, 1906, p. 15
- Lomax, Michael E. (2003). Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901: Operating by Any Means Necessary. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 0-8156-2970-2.
- Riley, James A. (1994). "Williams, George". The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Carroll & Graf. pp. 849. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
- (Riley.) George Williams, Personal profiles at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. – identical to Riley (confirmed 2010-04-16)[dead link]
- Negro league and Cuban League statistics and player information from Seamheads.com, or Baseball Reference (Negro leagues)