Tired of being treated like a slave by team owner Sallison Potter (Ted Ross), charismatic star pitcher Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) steals a bunch of Negro League players away from their teams, including catcher/slugger Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) and Charlie Snow (Richard Pryor), a player forever scheming to break into the segregated Major League Baseball of the 1930s by masquerading as first a Cuban ("Carlos Nevada"), then a Native American ("Chief Takahoma"). They take to the road, barnstorming through small Midwestern towns, playing the local teams to make ends meet. One of the opposing players, 'Esquire' Joe Calloway (Stan Shaw), is so good that they recruit him. Bingo's team becomes so outlandishly entertaining and successful, it begins to cut into the attendance of the established Negro League teams. Finally, Bingo's nemesis Potter is forced to propose a winner-take-all game: if Bingo's team can beat a bunch of all-stars, it can join the league, but if it loses, the ...
Daring, Dangerous and Downright Dee-lightful!
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The barn-storming antics, while based on reality, was also familiar to most audience members of the film, as the same playfulness, and razzle-dazzle shown by The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings was practiced by the well-known Harlem Globetrotters, who's history in basketball is almost a direct parallel to the racism of the baseball leagues. See more
A modern scooter and a modern convertible are visible in the distance during the fight between Bingo and Leon. See more
Bingo Long (P)
Come on, Murch, let's hit one!
Walter Murchman, All-Star (LF)
Don't worry, it's going all the way to baseball heaven.
The movie begins with an older version of the Universal Studios logo, as part of the opening news reel. See more
Music by William Goldstein
Lyrics by Ronald Miller
Performed by Thelma Houston See more