WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1967
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6,1967 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
LABOR DAY PITCH-IN:
Eddie a Real King-of-the-Hill
By BILL LEVIS
The world's fastest pitcher made
his Ann Arbor Debut in the Mich-
igan baseball stadium before an
overflow crowd last Sunday aft-
ernoon and his name wasn't San-
dy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Jim Bun-
ning or that of any other strong-
armed major league artist who
has become well known for his
This pitcher has never even
hurled in the big leagues nor does
he throw a nin-inch baseball with
any authority. His name is Eddie
Feigner and this 41-year-old soft-
The pitch that baffled the bat- game scheduled for that night.
ters most on Sunday was the The day before, the four man
"King's" newest and favorite one team played a tripleheader in
which doesn't even reach the three New York towns. Over the
plate. Feigner's phantom ball course of a year, Feigner pitches
struck out two batters Sunday, over, 325 games but never seems
the last one to end the game. to tire. It must be the money.
The secret of the "King's" new- Just a Quarter Million
est pitch is that it doesn't even When asked why he never tried
leave his person: Feigner winds Whnaedwyenvrtid
up and then whips the ball be- out in the major leagues, Feigner
hind his back into his open mitt. answered quickly. "I've always
Batters don't even argue that the been a softball pitcher and be-
pitch never reached the plate. sides where could I get the money
They just want to know where it I'm making now. I'm making a'
crossed it. quarter of a million a year play-
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more than seven miles faster than traction at the game staged as
Hall of Famer Bob Feller who a part of Labor Day Weekend.
once held the fastball title. First baseman Al Jackson enter-
Feigner is the founder and cen- tained the crowd by throwing two
ter attraction of the four man
King and His Court" team, soft-I
ball's answer to the Harlem Globe-
trotters, that has entertained spec-
tators in 49 states and numerous
foreign countries for 22 years.
'I Challenge You'
The "King" organized his four-!
man team after he and a regular
nine-man softball team had
soundly defeated a local team in
his home state of Oregon back
in 1946. After the losers question-
ed Feigner's skills as a pitcher,
the ex-Marine. retorted, "I will
challenge you to a game and use
only three other players: a catch-
er, a shortstop and a first base-
man. The reason I need four men
is because I need a man at bat
' when the bases are loaded."
Since then, Feigner . and his
band have played some 3700 games .
winning over 3300 of these in-
cluding 528 no-hitters and 152
perfect trames. The "Kina." who
throws 19 different pitches, has!
struck out over 63,000 batters
during his phenomenal career.
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Apgainst the Ann Arbor softball
champions, Huron Lanes, on Sun-
day. Feigner struck out 16 batters
as his court tied the local heroes
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Marine said after the game that
his team loses about every twelfth balls at once to teammates Wayne
game they play. Only 60 games McGill and Bob Hill while catch-
hve ended in a tie. er McGill amused the crowd with
The Blind Koufax his antics during the g'ame. Short-
The "King" even struck out stop Hill played it straight.
one Huron batter while hurling The "King" proved to be an
blind folded in the fifth inning accomplished hitter as well as
as he zipped three strikes passed fastball artist as he lashed a sol-
p, the amazed ,Ann Arbor batter. id single using a 22-inch mini-
Feigner also pitched from second bat in the fifth inning off Huron
base in the sixth serving up Lane hurler Clarence McFall. Still,
curve balls which broke as much McFall -proved a challenging op-
as 18 inches before reaching the ponent as he gave McGill fits all
plate. A good major league curve .afternoon as the court jester'
ball will break less than a third couldn't work a hit off the right-
of that. Feigner is so adept at hander.
pitching that he hurls between his Following the exhibition, the
legs and behind his back with King and his Court headed for
equal effectiveness. Philadelphia where they had a
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