He played with Cool Papa Bell and a generation of Negro Leaguers who never knew the Majors, but Bingo Lloyd lived a full and happy life…pleasing autograph seekers ’til the end.
His given name was Curtis, but everyone in baseball called him "Bingo".
At 99, he was old enough to remember a time when big league dreams were just that for blacks who loved baseball. His memories were still sweet, though. How could they not be when he shared the outfield with one of the game’s greats and fulfilled some of his own teenage dreams?
Bingo Lloyd died last week, living his last years with baseball on TV and radio and legions of Negro League fans dropping him autograph requests in the mail.
The Dayton Daily News remembers a man who simply loved the game, and often gave back to it.