On one occasion, he got into a disagreement with Oscar Charleston, considered the greatest player in the history of the black baseball. Santop broke three of Charleston's ribs in a fight.In 1917, Santop joined the Hilldale Daisies for a three-game series against an all-star team of Major League players. Facing pitchers Chief Bender and Bullet Joe Bush, Santop collected six hits as the Daisies won two of the three games. In all, Santop hit .316 against Major League hurlers. After serving in World War I from 1918-1919, he returned to spend the remainder of his career with Hilldale, and he was well paid for it. He made $500 a month, a king's ransom in those days. With Santop in the lineup, the Daisies won pennants in 1923, 1924 and 1925, but an error he made in the '24 Negro World Series basically ended his career. With Hilldale holding a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, Santop dropped a popup that would have ended the ballgame. On the next pitch, the batter delivered a hit with the bases loaded to knock in the tying and winning runs. In addition to the embarrassment, Santop had to sit through manager Frank Warfield's profanity-filled tirade. The following year, Biz Mackey took over as starting catcher. Santop was released the next season. After retiring from the game, Santop became a broadcaster and eventually a bartender in Philadelphia before falling ill. He died in a naval hospital in 1942. Yet his death didn't silence the tall tales about the great power that Santop displayed during his baseball prime. Rollo Wilson, a legendary black sportswriter, once wrote this about Santop: "When we get around to that all-time All-Star stuff, and someone -- for instance, Rube Foster, with an intimate knowledge of Negro baseball and its players, writes a history of the game, his All-Time team will have as its first-string catcher our boy friend of the Rio Pecos, Louis Napoleon Santop."
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less