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The King is Dead

The King is Dead

Those of you out there from my generation who grew up in the sixties may know who I’m talking about, but not many others would. We’re not talking Elvis here, but rather a gentleman by the name of Eddie Feigner who passed away last weekend at the age of 81 with little fanfare.

Eddie was the leader of a four-man fast-pitch softball team called The King and His Court, that had to be seen to be believed. For 55 years he toured the country, playing exhibition games against all comers (and 9-man teams!) in little league fields and ballparks everywhere. Growing up in Rockland County, NY, I have vivid memories of seeing what was kind of like the softball version of the Harlem Globetrotters. He was completely unhittable, amassing over 140,000 strikeouts in his career, and was so good that even Major League Baseball hitters couldn’t touch him. Legend has it that in 1967, he struck out, in order, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Willie McCovey, Maury Wills, and Harmon Killebrew. Eddie was so popular in his heyday that there was even a female offshoot of the team called The Queen and Her Court, and I remember she was pretty amazing as well.

Maybe someone will do a movie about him someday. Certainly a piece of Americana is gone, but I’m at least happy I got to experience such a unique (and entertaining) talent as a boy. Rest in peace Eddie.


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