Jap Payne

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Andrew H. Payne
Jap Payne 1909.jpg
Payne in 1909
Born: (1879-12-06)December 6, 1879
Washington, D.C.
Died: August 22, 1942(1942-08-22) (aged 62)
New York, New York
1902, for the Philadelphia Giants
Last appearance
1922, for the Philadelphia Giants of New York

Andrew H. "Jap" Payne (December 6, 1879 – August 22, 1942) was a baseball player in the Negro Leagues. He played multiple positions, including outfield and infield.

Standing at 5-foot-10 inches, Payne was described as "unimposing," but he became known for slapping line drives past infielders, as well as having an excellent arm.[4][5]

Payne was rumored to have gotten the nickname "Jap" due to his slanted eyes.

In August, 1907, Payne lost his temper and attacked an umpire, causing a near-riot, and his language occasionally forced umpires to throw him out of games.[6]

Sportswriter and fellow player Jimmy Smith put Payne on his 1909 "All American Team."[7]

In 1953, Hall of Famer Pop Lloyd named Payne as the right fielder on his all-time team.[5][8]


  1. ^ "Pottstown and Philadelphia Giants" Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday Morning, June 21, 1904, Page 10, Column 5
  2. ^ "Cuban X-Giants are Champions" The Patriot, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Saturday, September 19, 1903, Page 7, Column 1
  3. ^ "Frank Lelands' Chicago Giants Base Ball Club" Fraternal Printing Company, 1910
  4. ^ Dixon, Phil (2010). Andrew Rube Foster, a Harvest on Freedom's Fields. Xlibris Corporation. p. 154. ISBN 1-4500-9657-3.[self-published source]
  5. ^ a b "Negro Leagues Baseball eMuseum: Personal Profiles: Jap Payne". coe.ksu.edu. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  6. ^ Dixon, Phil (2010). Andrew Rube Foster, a Harvest on Freedom's Fields. Xlibris Corporation. p. 155. ISBN 1-4500-9657-3.[self-published source]
  7. ^ "The Base Ball Spirit In The East." Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday, December 25, 1909, Page 7, Columns 1 and 2
  8. ^ Lester, Larry; Sammy J. Miller; Dick Clark (2000). Black baseball in Chicago. Arcadia Publishing. p. 28. ISBN 0-7385-0704-0.

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