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.

George Williams
George L Williams.jpg
Infielder / Manager
Born: March 1864
Died: January 9, 1918(1918-01-09) (aged 53)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Unknown
Threw: Unknown
1885, for the Cuban Giants
Last appearance
1906, for the Cuban X-Giants
Williams (standing, center) with the 1890 York Colored Monarchs

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[1] and helped York win the league championship.

Williams played professional baseball until 1892. He was also hired to manage the Cuban Giants in 1897.[2] In 1906, he organized and managed the Wilmington Giants of the racially integrated International League of Independent Professional Base Ball Clubs.[3]


  1. ^ "1890 Eastern Interstate League Batting Leaders". Sports Reference. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Lomax 2003, p. 152
  3. ^ "Wilmington Giants: George Williams Organizes Another Hot Team of Ball Players," Philadelphia Inquirer, April 1, 1906, p. 15

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