History Detectives

Season 2 Episode 10

"Pop" Lloyd Baseball Field

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 13, 2004 on PBS
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"Pop" Lloyd Baseball Field
"Pretty Boy" Floyd's Handgun The Place: La Verne, California A man owns a vintage Colt automatic handgun, which family legend suggests once belonged to the Depression-era desperado, Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. According to the legend, Floyd gave the gun to the man's uncle, who had served as the criminal's lookout. History Detective Wes Cowan travels to California, Oklahoma and Missouri to discover why gangsters became heroes to the rural population of the Midwest and to reveal the true story behind the dramatic rise and fall of a man who ranks alongside Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger as one of the most colorful bank robbers in American history. Continental Army Muster Roll The Place: Las Vegas, Nevada A man owns an old Continental Army muster roll issued by the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts in July 1780. Among the 16 men listed is "Paul Cuffee, and the contributor wants to know if this could be evidence of a previously unknown episode in the life of Cuffee, a remarkable African American achiever in the years surrounding the Revolutionary War, who was a whaling captain, shipbuilder and early advocate of the "Back to Africa" movement. Pop Lloyd Baseball Field The Place: Atlantic City, New Jersey John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, one of the greatest athletes of his time, was a famed shortstop in the Negro Leagues during the first three decades of the 20th century. Why was a baseball field in Atlantic City named after this African-American ballplayer in 1949, a time of blatant prejudice and intense racial division?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Wes Cowan

Wes Cowan

antiques appraiser/auctioneer

Elyse Luray

Elyse Luray

antiques appraiser

Gwen Wright

Gwen Wright

Columbia University architectural historian

Tukufu Zuberi

Tukufu Zuberi

University of Pennsylvania sociologist

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