July 5, 2006 - Eastern League (EL) - Trenton Thunder
(Trenton, NJ)- The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that the gates at Waterfront Park will open for all fans at 5:00 PM instead of the usual 6:00 PM on Friday, July 7 so fans can watch a "mini- exhibition" game between world famous four-man softball team, The King and His Court and the Thunder Front Office All- Stars. The Trenton Thunder game is still set to begin at 7:05 PM.
The King, Eddie Feigner, has been traveling and entertaining crowds since 1946, and is currently on his "Thank You and Farewell Tour." The King and His Court touring team has played over 10,000 softball games in 100 countries and achieved widespread fame similar to that of the Harlem Globetrotters. The Court\'s pitcher shows off a variety of trickery on the mound including pitching behind his back, to pitching from second base, and even throwing blindfolded. The team also consists of a Catcher, Shortstop and First Baseman.
The King and His Court will face the Thunder Front Office All-Stars, a group of full-time Thunder staff members.
"We are all excited to see these guys play and I think our fans will really enjoy the exhibition," said Thunder General Manager Brad Taylor. "Not only do they get to see a world renowned softball team they get to see some of their favorite staff members make fools of themselves."
The gates at Waterfront Park will open at 5:00 PM for all fans, including Thunder season ticket holders.
Sports Illustrated rated the King and his Court in the Top Ten Teams of the Century. In a two-inning exhibition in 1967, Eddie Feigner struck out Major League legends Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Maury Wills, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente. Mays fanned on a behind-the-back pitch from the "King".
The Thunder will host the Harrisburg Senators tonight with fireworks after the game thanks to the Yardley Business Association. The game on July 6 will feature a Yankee Hat giveaway to the first 1,500 fans ages 6 and over thanks to A-1 Limousine.