The Hall of Famers

Louis Santop
Born:  January 17, 1890, Tyler, TX
Died:  January 22, 1942, Philadelphia, PA
Bats:  L  Throws:  R
Played for:  Philadelphia Giants, New York Lincoln Giants, Brooklyn Royal Giants and Hilldale Daisies
Elected to Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee:  2006


A powerful left-handed slugger with a keen batting eye, Louis Santop was the starting catcher for some of black baseball's greatest teams. The tall Texan began his pro career in 1909, and by 1912 was starring with the famed New York Lincoln Giants, catching two of the era's top fireballers: Cannonball Dick Redding and Smokey Joe Williams. From 1915 to 1918, Top gained fame clubbing prodigious home runs for the Brooklyn Royal Giants, before signing with the great Hilldale Club of Philadelphia. A top drawing card who earned top-dollar, Santop was the starting catcher for Hilldale when they won three straight Eastern Colored League pennants from 1923 to 1925.

Video Clips

  • Louis Santop video bio: Watch
  • 2006 Negro Leagues election coverage: Watch