Friday, January 26, 2007

Longing for More Bingo

Jeff (from my writing group) has been working on a screenplay based in the era of the Negro Leagues. I’ve loved this project of his, not only because it is well written, but because that period of American history has so much depth that has yet to be mined.

And, well, it just plain fascinates me.

There was that wonderful X-Files episode from that era, and of course Bingo Long and His Traveling All Stars and Motor Kings of oh so long ago (Billy Dee and James Earl playing nice before that fateful meeting on Cloud City…).

And who can forget all the other movies on the Negro leagues, like, uh, uhmmm… Let’s see, I’m sure that there have been more… Does seeing a poster for Broadway’s Fences count?

Surely there is a way to find out more about this fascinating era? Surely we won’t be left thinking that the best hitters were all aliens (thanks, Chris Carter)? Surely there’s a point to Sean writing this blog, other than to call you Shirley three times?

Jeff’s partner, Byron Motley has co-written a book with his dad called Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars (now available for purchase). You see, Byron’s dad is a living legend – the last remaining umpire for the Negro leagues.

But the book isn’t just baseball (is anything “just baseball”?), as the elder Motley recounts growing up in the KKK infested south, and his travails as one of America’s first black Marines.

(Appropriate shout out to the Marines, and 2nd Lieutenant Gaffney now serving abroad. Semper fi!)

So take a stroll through history – one that, despite our shortcomings, is made proud by the likes of Bob Motley.

Just my thoughts,


1 comment:

rockthejock said...

This may be a little late (your post was back in January), and therefore, may fall upon deaf ears. Nonetheless, I found your blog when reaching Bob Motley. You see, I just finished his book and wanted to find more information on him.

The book was great and Motley(s) a great story teller. I am a freelance writer with a background in sports journalism. I have never been a fan of reading very much, until I married a woman that would become an English Lit teacher. I read Mr. Motley's book in about nine days, which for me is a record.

I wanted to thank you for posting a blog about a great man. I will keep an eye on your blog, if that is okay with you.

Additionally, I am starting a blog the week of May 21. Please feel free to request an invite. My url is and my email is

Thank you.