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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 was a softball player for much of his early life, and turned his attention to the sport full-time following an enlistment in the US Marine Corps. 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. The team was known for performing tricks that entertained the audience.

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  • 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 was a softball player for much of his early life, and turned his attention to the sport full-time following an enlistment in the US Marine Corps. 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. The team was known for performing tricks that entertained the audience.
  • エディ・"キング"・フェイナー (Eddie "The King" Feigner 1925年3月25日 – 2007年2月9日) はアメリカのソフトボール選手(投手)。フェイナーは当時メリル・バーノン・キングと呼ばれていたワラワラに生まれた。彼は1946年に初めて男子4人のチームを結成。「ザ・キング・アンド・ヒズ・コート」(王と廷臣)と名乗り、太平洋岸北西部を皮切りに北米を連戦した。フェイナーはその後2000年に脳卒中を患い現役を引退するが、チームのことは率い続け、MC(司会業)を務めながら往時の話を伝えた。 彼のチーム「ザ・キング・アンド・ヒズ・コート」は1940年代後半から100を超える世界の国や地域で1万以上のゲームを行い、幅広い人気と名声を得た。そのさまはバスケットボール競技におけるエキジビションチーム「ハーレム・グローブトロッターズ」に比せられる。フェイナーが几帳面に残した記録によるとチームの通算勝ち星は9,743。奪三振数が141,517。また、930回のノーヒット・ノーランと238回の完全試合が達成された。ワシントン・ポスト紙はフェイナーを「史上最も偉大な投手」と形容している。 墓所は(ハンツビル・メモリー・ガーデン・セメタリー)。
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  • 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 was a softball player for much of his early life, and turned his attention to the sport full-time following an enlistment in the US Marine Corps. 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. The team was known for performing tricks that entertained the audience. The King and His Court touring team played over ten thousand softball games in a hundred countries from the late 1940s to the beginning of the 21st century 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." Despite his substantial record, Feigner said that while his team was known for taking on local softball teams and often winning by considerable margins, the intent of the King and His Court was to entertain audiences, never to embarrass opposing players. "When a man steps up to the plate, we have nothing but respect for him," he was noted for oft quoting. In honor of his time in the Marine Corps, the King and His Court often played against military personnel, often at venues such as Army bases or the decks of aircraft carriers. They had also been known for donating considerable amounts of ticket profits to charity, and following Operation Desert Storm, had put veteran support as the chief charity they played for. 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. Feigner also struck out Alan Chambers three times in a 1976 exhibition game. 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. Feigner was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals in 2013. The team was satirized on a 2006 episode of the Fox sitcom King of the Hill entitled "You Gotta Believe (In Moderation)" by a team called The Ace of Diamonds and His Jewels. Feigner died in February 2007 in Huntsville, Alabama. He is buried in the Huntsville Memory Gardens Cemetery. "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 he had been told no team could take on his pitching so he should reduce the roster to simply himself. Feigner accepted the dare and originally wanted a two-man team of himself and catcher, but increased it to three in case an opposing player got a hit. He then added a fourth player when he realized that if all three of his team were on base, no one would be up to bat.
  • エディ・"キング"・フェイナー (Eddie "The King" Feigner 1925年3月25日 – 2007年2月9日) はアメリカのソフトボール選手(投手)。フェイナーは当時メリル・バーノン・キングと呼ばれていたワラワラに生まれた。彼は1946年に初めて男子4人のチームを結成。「ザ・キング・アンド・ヒズ・コート」(王と廷臣)と名乗り、太平洋岸北西部を皮切りに北米を連戦した。フェイナーはその後2000年に脳卒中を患い現役を引退するが、チームのことは率い続け、MC(司会業)を務めながら往時の話を伝えた。 彼のチーム「ザ・キング・アンド・ヒズ・コート」は1940年代後半から100を超える世界の国や地域で1万以上のゲームを行い、幅広い人気と名声を得た。そのさまはバスケットボール競技におけるエキジビションチーム「ハーレム・グローブトロッターズ」に比せられる。フェイナーが几帳面に残した記録によるとチームの通算勝ち星は9,743。奪三振数が141,517。また、930回のノーヒット・ノーランと238回の完全試合が達成された。ワシントン・ポスト紙はフェイナーを「史上最も偉大な投手」と形容している。 1967年2月18日、41歳のフェイナーは名士によるソフトボールの慈善ゲームに姿を現し、多くのメジャーリーグベースボール選手と対戦した。このゲームでフェイナーはウィリー・メイズ、ウィリー・マッコビー、ブルックス・ロビンソン、ロベルト・クレメンテ、モーリー・ウィリス、ハーモン・キルブルーを6者連続三振に打ち取っている。 墓所は(ハンツビル・メモリー・ガーデン・セメタリー)。 チームは男子4人で構成された。すなわち投手、捕手、1塁手、遊撃手である。このことについて、なぜ4人なのかと問われたフェイナーは次のように答えている。「3人だとプレーできないじゃないか」。3人だと満塁で打席に立つ者がいなくなるからというのである。 2006年にはフォックス放送のテレビアニメ「キング・オブ・ザ・ヒル」のエピソード「You Gotta Believe (In Moderation)」にチームが「ダイヤのエースと宝石たち」として取り上げられている。
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