Eddie "The King" Feigner (March 25, 1925 – February 9, 2007) was an American softball player. Feigner (pronounced FAY-ner) was born in Walla Walla, Washington as Myrle Vernon King. He first assembled his four-man team, known as "The King and His Court," in 1946 and took on all comers, first in the Pacific Northwest and then around the country; Feigner retired from pitching after suffering a stroke in 2000 but continued to tour with his team, acting as emcee and telling stories while the team played.
The King and His Court touring team played over ten thousand softball games in a hundred countries since the late 1940s and achieved widespread fame similar to that of the Harlem Globetrotters. Feigner's meticulous records claim 9,743 victories, 141,517 strikeouts, 930 no-hitters and 238 perfect games. The Washington Post described him as "the greatest softball pitcher who ever lived."
On February 18, 1967, Feigner appeared in a celebrity charity softball game against many Major League players. In the game Feigner struck out Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Maury Wills, and Harmon Killebrew all in a row.Feighner also struck out Alan Chambers three times in a 1976 exhibition game.
He is a member of the Baseball Reliquary "Shrine of the Eternals."
"The King and His Court" was a four-man team: pitcher, catcher, first baseman, and shortstop. When asked why the team had four members, Feigner answered that they couldn't play with three: if all three got on base, there would be no one available to come to bat.
- Washington Post, Obituary. "Softball Pitching Star Eddie Feigner; Led 'King and His Court'". February 11, 2007.
- The Oregonian. "Baby Eddie, Abandoned at Hospital"
- National Public Radio, All Things Considered. "Remembering Softball's Flame-Throwing King". February 13, 2007.
- Associated Press. "Softball Legend Feigner dead at 81" at the Wayback Machine (archived February 21, 2007). February 9, 2007.
- Sports Illustrated. "A King Without a Crown". August 21, 1972.
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