BASEBALL PLAYER. From his socks and knickers to his cap, this ballplayer is well uniformed from head to ankle, but his spiked shoes have seen better days. Frank Gillen, president of Gillen and Boney Candy Company of Lincoln, probably sponsored the team. Around 1890, the all-black Lincoln Giants team met with considerable success against town teams across the state. This player's heavily padded mitt show that he was a catcher. The photograph was taken in “open shade” which an experienced photographer would have preferred.
Photographs taken on black and white glass negatives by African American photographer(s) John Johnson and Earl McWilliams from 1910 to 1925 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Douglas Keister has 280 5x7 glass negatives taken by these photographers. Larger scans available on request.