Area’s 17th annual tribute to ‘Pop’ Lloyd this weekend
Here’s a look at the schedule for the 17th Annual Pop Lloyd Weekend
Friday, Oct. 2:
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Sports Symposium, 9am.
• (9-9:15am) Belinda Manning, Pop Lloyd Committee president
• (9:15-10am) Jerry Izenberg, Star Ledger columnist and author of Through My Eyes
• (10-10:45am) Glenn Stout, author of From Highlands to History among many sports books
• (10:45-11:30am) Peter Golenbock, author of Jackie & Monte among numerous sports books
• (12:15-1:30pm) Monte Irvin, Former Negro League and MLB great.
Saturday, Oct. 3
• Annual “Pop” Lloyd Dinner & Awards Program Honoring Veteran Negro League Players
Trump Taj Mahal, 6pm.
Sunday, Oct. 4
• “Pop” Lloyd Commemorative Church Service - Historic Asbury United Methodist Church, 1213 Pacific Ave., A.C., 10am
• “Baseball & Jazz: The Art of Wayne Manns” - Atlantic City Art Center, Garden Pier, 2pm
The Stadium and the Church:
John Henry “Pop” Lloyd was born and raised in Florida and passed away nearly 50 years ago, but his name is still mentioned often in this area and his memory lives on, without exception, as one of Atlantic City’s most revered adopted sons.
From Pop Lloyd to Pattie Harris to Nucky Johnson and the Northside, not to mention Nina Simone and Sam Cooke and other entertainers' connections to Atlantic City and region.
Mrs. Elaine Milan is the perfect match for her husband, clearly intelligent, thoughtful and attractive. She had already graduated from Hampton University when she arrived in A.C. in 1964 to work at Indiana Avenue School, and later, she earned her master’s degree at Glassboro.
Today, most funding comes from city grants, local businesses and casino donations.
“I really don’t think there is a name as beloved in baseball as Clemente’s,” says Michael Everett, director of the Pop Lloyd Committee. “We already know a lot of people are turning out solely because of the connection to Clemente. It’s really amazing the command and the respect the name brings with it.”
In 2010, Navarro wasn’t just remembered as the last player to take the field with Lloyd, on opposing teams, but was believed to be the oldest living professional baseball player anywhere.
This year, the 17th annual John Henry "Pop" Lloyd weekend celebration kicked off on Friday, Oct. 2, with a slate of speakers in the Performing Arts Center at Richard Stockton College, beginning at 9am. Among the speakers were Belinda Manning, Pop Lloyd Committee president; Jerry Izenberg, Star Ledger columnist and author of Through My Eyes, Glenn Stout, author of From Highlands to History, Peter Golenbock and author of Jackie & Monte among numerous sports books. Baseball great Monte Irvin, Former Negro League and MLB star, will be joining other celebrants as the special weekend continues Saturday evening, Oct. 3, for the annual “Pop” Lloyd Dinner & Awards Program Honoring Veteran Negro League Players, which will be held in Atlantic City at the Trump Taj Mahal at 6pm. Tomorrow on, Sunday, Oct. 4, the weekend continues with a “Pop” Lloyd Commemorative Church Service at the Historic Asbury United Methodist Church, 1213 Pacific Ave., in Atlantic city at 10am. The things shift over to the Garden Pier where the Atlantic City Art Center will hold a special reception for the exhibit “Baseball & Jazz: The Art of Wayne Manns," which beings at 2pm. To find out more about the former baseball player who Babe Ruth...
Pop Lloyd played professional baseball in the Negro Leagues from 1906 to 1932, as a shortstop, second baseman and first baseman, including two stints with the Bacharach Giants of Atlantic City. In 1910 he out-hit Ty Cobb in a Cuban winter league series — .500 to .385.
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