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by Russ J. Cowans
Old Ball Players To Have Their Day
My introduction to semi-pro baseball in Chicago almost proved disastrous. Accompanied by three young friends, I had gone out to Schorling Park, then at 39th, near Wentworth, and since we didn't have enough to pay our way into the park, we attempted to get over the fence.
We scaled the wall that seperated the right field from the big lot east of the Park, and everything looked favorable for us to jump down and walk leisurely to a seat in the right field bleachers.
But suddenly from out of nowhere came a portly man whom we immediately recognized as the late Andrew (Rube) Foster, then owner and manager of the American Giants.
Foster picked up a couple of stones and threw them at us, and then said: "If you're coming in, hurry up before somje one else sees you." We thought he was going to call the police.
It was in that game that I had my first look at one of the greatest performers I've ever seen, a player who certainly could have won a regular berth with a major club if the racial barriers had not been blocking his path. His name is Elwood (Bingo) DeMoss, one-time second baseman and captain of the American Giants.
I was talking to Halley Harding, an excellent football player with Fisk, Knox college, Wilberforce and other institutions of learning before he joined the Detroit Stars as a baseball player in 1926. The talk turned to DeMoss, and these are his words about Bingo:
"He was without doubt the greatest ball player I've ever seen. He was playing second base when I joined the Stars, and his keen knowledge of the game made us the best double-play combination in the Negro National league. He also made me a better short-stop."
those who never saw DeMoss play second base missed a real treat. He had a pair of sure hands, moved gracefully to either his right or left, and owned a good throwing arm. In addition, Bingo was always using his head for more than a place to rest his cap.
There are not many good bunters in baseball today. Because the long-ball hitters drew the fancy wages, most of the players are constantly trying for the fences. DeMoss was an excellent bunter who could dump the ball along the third base line and beat the throw to first.
But best of all, Bingo was always a gentleman.
today the former American Giants star is treaturer of the Old Ball Players Club of Chicago and Evanston, which stages its fourth annual cabaret party at Club DeLisa, 5521 South State Street, on the night of Jan. 25. The proceeds from the party will go into a fund to help old ball players, many of whom have come upon hard days.
And DeMoss has kept a close watch on the club's finances, and the fund is now well above the $3,000 mark.
Another noted character in the club is Joe Green, founder and manager of the Chicago Giants. Green at one time played with Foster's American Giants.
Green was an excellent fielder in his younger days, according to those who saw him. But it was not his hitting and fielding that won Green a place in the hearts of the fans of the days shortly after the turn of the century. Joe was one of the best entertainers to suit up in a uniform.
Bobby Anderson was never in the same class with DeMoss and Green, but it was the former American Giants player who conceived the idea of the club. He served as the first president.
George Sweatt, former member of the Kansas City Monarchs, is president of the club. Sweatt played with the Monarchs in the 1920s, years when such greats as Wilbur (Bullet) Rogan, Christobel Torrientti, Heavy Johnson, Dobie Moore, and Jose Mendez were members of the club.
Another member of the club is Sandy Thompson, a great outfielder with the American Giants in the 1920s. Also Jimmy Lyons, a great outfielder who had his start with the All-Nations, a team of mixed races that was operated by J.L. Wilkinson, one-time owner of the Monarchs.
John Donaldson, a great southpaw pitcher with the Monarchs who later became a fine outfielder with the Detroit Stars, is another of the former stars who is a member.
There'll be a lot of rehashing of old stories when the old ball players gather for their party on Jan. 25. They'll talk about those days when C.I. Taylor's Indianapolis ABCs and Rube's American Giants were top teams in the country. Also of the days when Candy Jim Taylor and his St. Louis Stars were riding the crest of success.
Yes, it will be the big evening for the players who paved the way for Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Willie mays and others to gain their places in the baseball sun.