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For over 60 years The King & His Court have introduced the talents of some of the best softball players in history. The following players have played a historical part of helping The King & His Court gain worldwide fame.

 
Anderson, Doug
(Tour: 1971-1973)

An ex-Dodger and Red Sox, pitcher, Doug first met Eddie on a golf course.  Doug could drive a golf ball 350 yards. Eddie encouraged him to join the team as a catcher. He hit 79 home runs in four months with the court.
 
Anderson, Wes
(Tour: 2001)
Wes joined the court as a part time player in 2001 and has toured with the team playing shortstop, first base and catcher. Wes is very active in the community.and supports many charities. By trade he is a substance abuse counselor and carries a strong message against drugs to the youth.
 
Aucoin, Eddie
(Tour: 1998-2000)

Senior baseball at Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL. All-Star infielder and hitter.  Resigned from the Court to continue his college education.
 
Bailey, Mark
(Tour: 1965-1969)

Mark has punted a football over 80 yards and was invited to play for the New York Yankees baseball club. Marks great arm once threw a man out at home while leaning off-balance with his back against the center field fence! He is now a high-school teacher in California.
 
Barber. Les
(Tour: 1975-1977 & 1981-1982)

Les was a hand-picked catcher from the pro-leagues of Western Canada.
 
Barnett, Dave
(Tour: 1981-1984, 1988)

Dave played centerfield for the University of North Carolina when they finished 3rd in the 1978 College World Series.  He is now the head baseball coach and athletic director at Flager College, St. Augustine, Florida.
 
Bateman, John
(Tour: 1977-1980)

Now Deceased

John hit 190 home runs for The Court in 1980. The Court's third ex-major leaguer.  John played baseball for Montreal, Houston, and the Philadelphia Phillies. He learned to hit a softball playing for the Texas State Amateur Softball Champions, the Houston Bombers.
 
Berger, Floyd
(Tour: 1967-1968 & 1971-1977 & 1986)

Floyd is one of five left-handers who has played on The Court. He played Softball at Virginia Tech. and now teaches school in California.
 
Booth, Dave
(Tour: 1986, 1991-1997, 2005-2007)

Body builder and natural athlete. He could be a stunt man and actor for TV films. He is a painting contractor in Middletown, PA
 
Branchaud, Mike
(Tour: 1994-1997, 2007-2010)

Fire balling MVP Pitcher from Ontario, Canada.  We call him Mike Daly on the golf course. He can hit the long drive with the best of them.
 
Cooper, Ron
(Tour: 1958-1959)

Ron hit the most home runs for the White Sox farm team in the minors.  He gave up the majors to join the Court and went on to play for "local 57" team out of Providence, R.I. The redhead could sing like Marty Robins and entertained along the tour for several seasons- a truly funny and talented man.
 
Dobbins, Charlie
(Tour: 1990- 2010)

Charlie's career spanned over 34 years as a men's major fastpitch player. Head Softball Coach for Peace College, head Softball Coach in 2006 for USA Softball vs. Spain and France, a member of the NFCA National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Atlantic Region Representative for the NCAA..
 
Feigner, Anne Marie
(Tour: 1998- 2006)

25+ years organizing women's softball and ASA Jr. Olympic Chairman. The true Queen of Eddie's Court.
 
Feigner, Eddie Jr.
(Tour: 1965, 1978-1984, 1990-1991, 1998-1999)

J.R. gained valuable experience in handling all the varied situations that arise during the long tour by living and traveling with the King since childhood. We hope he tries to golf on the Senior Tour. His #6 is retired!
 

Feigner, Eddie
"The King"
(Tour and KHC Founder: 1946-2006)

What 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 again buzzing his fast ball by home town batters.

There 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.

Playing 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." The 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.

Because 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 Four-Man Softball Team came into being. That same week, the name "The King and His Court" was chosen.

A 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.

The 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 him.

Eddie passed away on February 9, 2007.

 
Fisher, Jason
(Tour 2006)
 
Talented athlete with a strong arm. Pitched two H.S. no-hitters and passed for a single game record of 339 yards in football.
 

Fittje, Russ
(Tour 2006, 2009)

Russ was a four sport all-star in High School and starting pitcher (4 years) at Hastings College. A talented ball fielder with quick feet.

 
Gorman, Scott
(Tour: 1995-1997)
Scott Gorman began his KHC career in 1995. "Traveling the country with Eddie, Rich and Gary was an amazing, life changing experience. I always thought I drank away my chance at playing ball professionally. After sobering up in 1982, I never let go of that dream...being allowed to put on the red, white and blue for the first time in Winnemucca, Nevada is forever etched in my memory. God enabled me to live my dream!". During Scott's tenure with the KHC, he helped Rich Hoppe with the King of Diamonds program all over the United States in schools, rehab facilities and jails carrying their strong message of hope. "The places Rich and I went to share our experience, strength and hope was truly a gift. The connection we felt with audiences around the country through athletics, laughter and tears has helped shape me into the husband, father, and son I always wanted to be...and for that I am eternally grateful." After his KHC career, Scott went on to work with athletes, actors and musicians as a sobriety coach. Then Scott went on to work in the NFL as The Chief Aide to the Owner of the Indianapolis Colts for the last 9 seasons. "I was fortunate to be able to work with world class people like Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning, and that culminated with winning a Super Bowl in February of 2007. I may be the only KHC player with a Super Bowl ring"! "Winning that Super Bowl and having that ring is special, but it pales in comparison to the gratification of being one of the handful of Court members over all these years." Scott has now moved on to his own recovery consulting business. Scott resides in Zionsville, IN with his wife Courtney and son Grey.
Herrick, Jim
(Tour: 1965-1966 & 1969-1970)

A good catcher and hitter, famous for his belly slides, Jim developed into one of the most laugh provoking comedy stars on the Court. After two years in Vietnam, Jim returned to teach high school in Southern California.
 
Hill, Bob
(Tour: 1967-1968)

Bob traveled as P.R. advance man for the Court and was one of the funniest Ad Lib players the court ever had. An incredibly successful public relations man, he once booked the Court into Puerto Rico for nine games, however they stayed to play 57 days! He is now a stock broker in State College, Pennsylvania.
 
Hoppe, Rich
(Tour: 1988, 1990-2010)

Rich pitched baseball, softball style, for the Phillies and was offered a contract. He devotes his time in the off season talking with gangs about the awareness of choice.
   
Horwitz, Jon
(Tour: 2007-2010)

Jon joined the King and His Court in 2007. He was an all-conference center fielder at UC Irvine where he posted a .388 batting average. He attended Notre Dame High School is Sherman Oaks, CA where he not only lettered in baseball but is the all-time career leader is goals scored in water polo.
 
Jackson, Al
(Tour: 1958-1980)

A basket ball star in school, Al started with the Cincinnati baseball farm system before joining the Court. This Super Star hit 94 homers in 1973.  The original team's first replacement, Jackson also holds the Court record of over 400 consecutive times at bat without a strike-out.  His #1 is retired.
 
Jones, Jerry
(Tour: 1949-1964)

Jerry joined Eddie in 1948. He could catch fly balls against the outfield fence after starting from the shortstop position. The fastest runner ever to play on the team, he could run the infield in less than nine seconds!
 
Kehrer, Bill
(Tour: 1962-1965 & 1970-1971)

Bill once hit a shot over the fence at the 386 foot mark in Columbus, Ohio.  An extremely funny man on the field.  Eddie encouraged him to try his hand at television comedy.  Bill enjoys life with his wife and children at their home in Texas.
 
Kinzer, Meade
(Tour: 1946-1958)

Meade was the original catcher for the King and his Court, having caught for Eddie from grade school on. He was a full power hitter and could have caught for Eddie from a rocking chair. Meade spent his final years in College Place, Washington.
 
Knight, Jack
(Tour: 1981-1989, 1992-1997, 1999-2001)

Pitched for the Hollywood All Stars before joining the Court.  A native of Somerville Massachusetts, served in the U.S. Army and did some teaching before going to work in New York. In New York, Knight appeared on Broadway in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and in musical revivals at Lincoln Center and The City Center. He relocated to California in 1972. In television, he had a recurring role on "Cheers", starred with Dom Deluise in "Lotsa Luck", was a regular on "James at 16" and the variety shows of Garry Moore, Susan Anton and Peter Marshall. He twice guested on the "Tonight Show". He most recently appeared in "JAG", "NYPD Blue", "Spin City", "All That" and "Nick Cannon" on Nickelodeon.

In films, Knight appeared as a detective in "L.A. Confidential", as an investigating patrolman in "Rosemary's Baby", an NYPD detective in "The Sicilian Clan", and as Sheriff Wyatt in "The Class of 1999 II". He will appear as a railroad worker in Stephen Spielberg film "Catch Me If You Can".

Off-screen, Knight is an avid softball player. He has pitched in 12 National Championship Tournaments and was named a 1st Team All American in 1988. He has posted 44 no-hit games, including a perfect game in league play. He is a member of the world-famous 4-man Softball Team, The King and His Court.

Highlights in his memory are traveling with the Ball club, chatting with JFK in the Rose Garden, being touched by the Pope in Luxembourg, meeting the father of one of the girls killed in the Birmingham Sunday School bombing, standing on Pad 39 where three astronauts died in a training accident, watching John Glenn go into space in 1962 at Cape Canaveral, waving back to Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park and being present at the birth of his sons David and John.
 
Mackin, Tim
(Tour: 1984-1988)

Tim is one of the greatest fast fastpitch hitters of all time. He holds the Court record for one season of 321 home runs in 220 games. He is now Recreation Director for the city of Kelson, WA.
 
McGill, Wayne
(Tour: 1966-1967)

Wayne hit well against the King during a game in Orlando, FL. and was invited to join the team when Bill Kehrer had to return home. A master mechanic who loves cars, McGill retired when he discovered he had a blind spot when hitting an in-raise.
 
Meilicke, Mike
(Tour: 1946-1958 & 1960-1961)

Mike, according to Eddie, was the Ted Williams of softball. He hit 86 homers in the 1953, 1954 season against the greatest pitcher softball could produce at the height of its popularity.
 
Moore, Glen
(Tour: 1991)

Glen was the best pitcher for his age in the U.S. He is the head coach for Baylor University in Waco, TX. looking forward to the 2004 Olympics.
 
Potts, Doug
(Tour: 1968 & 1983)

Doug played Short Stop on the Court for one season and now has his own Insurance Agency in California.
Van Prooyen, Craig
(Tour: 1989)

Craig pitched in Six National and one World tournament.  He pitched relief for the King one season.
 
West, Gary
(Tour: 1969-1977, 1981-1985, 1989-1996)

Gary was the funniest Sports Comedian on the circuit.
 
White, Ken
(Tour: 1946-1951)

Ken was the Court's original first baseman, and truly a great power hitter.  He once hit a ball down the third base line so hard that when the 3rd baseman tried to catch the ball in front of him, his hat went flying and both shoes were knocked off his feet.  Ken now lives in Longview, WA.




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