Walter Schlichter

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Walter Schlichter
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Born Henry Walter Schlichter
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Henry Walter "Slick" Schlichter (1866-1944)[1] was an American sports executive, sportswriter, and boxing referee. He wrote for the Philadelphia Item, a daily newspaper. Along with National Baseball Hall of Famer Sol White and Philadelphia Tribune baseball writer Harry A. Smith, Schlichter co-founded the Philadelphia Giants Negro league baseball team.[2] He owned the Philadelphia Giants until he disbanded the team in 1911. He also co-founded an early all-black baseball league, the National Association of Colored Baseball Clubs of the United States and Cuba, and served as its president from 1906 to 1909.[3]

He also worked as a boxing referee from 1893 to 1910. Schlichter appears as the referee in Thomas Eakins's 1898 painting Taking the Count.


  1. ^ White 2014, p. 149.
  2. ^ Riley, James A. (1994). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6. 
  3. ^ White 2014, p. 72.


  • White, Sol (2014). Sol White's Official Base Ball Guide. South Orange, New Jersey: Summer Games Books. ISBN 978-1-938545-21-4. 

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