was to one day become The King And His Court all began in 1946 when
Eddie Feigner, an energetic strong-armed young man who had excelled
as a softball pitcher before the war and in the Marines, was home
buzzing his fast ball by home town batters.
was one thing about Feigner, he had a world of confidence in himself
and his ability to pitch a softball. Whenever anyone hurled a challenge
at this lad in his early 20's, he had an immediate taker.
in an early spring league, Feigner was pitching for a local team
of 9 men in a game in Pendleton, Oregon. Eddie's team won the game
by a whopping score, but afterwards his skill as a "hot shot"
softball pitcher was challenged. This was too much for the "King"
who brazenly announced, "I would play you with only my catcher
but you would walk us both."
(Our founder and the King
of Softball - Eddie Feigner)
other team's manager said, "OK, you bring your catcher, shortstop,
and first baseman down here and we will play you." On the way
back home, the four wondered what they should do to get ready.
it was early spring and the local ball parks were unavailable to
practice on, the 4-men requested permission to play some of the
teams inside the Washington State Prison. The request was granted.
With high walls as a backdrop, and the curious inmates looking on,
The 4-Man Softball Team came into being. That same week, the name
"The King and His Court" was chosen.
week later 400 fans were on hand to view the unpublicized, initial
4 versus 9 game. Feigner rose to the occasion. In 7 innings, he
pitched a perfect game and struck out 19 batters. One ball was hit
to the shortstop, and one to the first baseman. The final score
was 7-0 in favor of the Court.
players of the opposition team deserve much praise. Sometimes during
our games they are subjected to a little of what is called "horseplay."
The intention is never to make a player look bad. After all, when
a man offers his services to play, we have nothing but respect for
that simple beginning started what grew into a world renowned success
with The King and His Court performing for more than 20,800,000
fans in over 4,405 cities worldwide and throughout 104
countries, all while traveling over 4,100,000 miles and providing
over 2,947 pitching and hitting clinics for boys and girls around
August 27, 2011 in the city where it all started, Walla Walla, Washington
The King & His Court performed its final game before a crowd
of over 1,200 fans. Led by pitcher, Rich Hoppe, catcher Charlie
Dobbins, firstbaseman Mke Branchaud and shortstop Ron Davenport
the team was joined by many past players including The King &
His Court original member Mike Meilicke. For those in attendance
it was a night that will be remembered for generations to come.