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article imageSoftball legend Eddie Feigner dies at 81

By Catfan81     Feb 9, 2007 in World
Legendary softball showman passes away in Alabama.
Mr. Feigner who was a softball showman for 50 years had become legendary with his 4 man team called the "King and His Court".
Mr. Feigner passed away today in Huntville, Alabama at the age of 81 from a respriatory ailment.
He once threw a "softball' fastball at 104 mph.
" Feigner threw 930 no-hitters and 238 perfect games and struck out 141,517 batters while playing more than 10,000 games. He was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2000." One day after throwing out the first pitch in the women's softball competition at the Sydney Olymics in 2000 he suffered a stroke. It ended his career at 75. He lived in Trenton, TN for the last several year but had just moved to Huntsville recently.
"Feigner began "The King and His Court" in 1946 on a dare in his hometown of Walla Walla, Wash. He had just thrown a shutout in his nine-man team's rout of a team from Pendleton, Ore., and the Oregon team challenged him to another game. Backed by just a catcher, first baseman and shortstop, Feigner pitched a perfect game, winning 7-0."
He appeared on shows like Johnny Carson, the old CBS sports spectecular show and What My Line? among others.
"In an exhibtion game in Dodger Stadium in 1964 he struck out Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Maury Wills, Harmon Killebrew, Roberto Clemente and Brooks Robinson in order."
I had not heard this name since I was a kid and I do remember those pictures of him. He must have been a great showman in the hay days of baseball when MLB topped all of them for popularity.
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