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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars Motor Kings By William Brashler Survivial Ask someone either at home or at work How are you doing today Several replies will be forthcoming Some respond Ok Fine or Surviving As long as Sallie Potters Louisville Ebony Aces were playing ball in the Negro League circuit times and surviving were good A steady salary Potters bus driven by Potter with reclining seats which carried the team from one scheduled game to another black hotels black restaurants and night clubs made for an indulgent and uncomplicated life on the road When Potter released veteran player Raymond Mikes because he broke his foot rounding third base playing the Philadelphia American Stars Bingo organized the players and revolted against owner black owner Potter After all Bingo thought he knew all the ins and outs of the game having watched Potter and fellow hustler Lionel Foster all these years How hard could it be owning and managing a ball club With Lionel backing Bingo with a little capital until things got going a barnstorming baseball outfit was born Bingo first recruited fellow teammate Leon Carter the best pitcher alive and then one by one talked Potters Aces into becoming Bingos All-Stars Even Raymond Mikes had agreed to come along as bookkeeper With third baseman Louiss Lincoln convertible and Bingos Auburn the team was set and left for Pittsburgh to play the Elite Giants Lionel had helped Bingo set up games in Cleveland Toledo and Chicago after that Milwaukee Wisconsin then Iowa Life was good and surviving was no problem Bingo knew hustling baseball games in small rural towns was a lot different than playing the usual scheduled games in the Negro League and tried to acquaint his teammates who had not traveled west of Chicago with this fact We got to be polite and cheerful all the time even when we aint feeling it Brashler 50 Life in segregated
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