Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game
2014 Game Coverage
From the opening stretches to Speaker John A. Boehners slow jam, watch members in all their glory as the Democrats capture their sixth-straight coveted Roll Call trophy in a 15-6 victory.
The Congressional Baseball Game sets an example for how forged friendships could fix Washington.
For the sixth straight year, Democrats proudly hoisted the coveted Roll Call trophy at Nationals Park before running for cover from the rain.
Check out the best shots of the Roll Call Congressional Baseball game by Photo Editor Bill Clark and photographer Tom Williams. There really was some action on the field a few times.
Roll Call Photo Editor Bill Clark takes you behind the scenes for a look at what's it like to capture members of Congress on the baseball diamond.
Baseball is a team game. The following five players might not have a lot of flash, but theyre worth paying attention to.
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., who was slated to play shortstop for the Democrats in tonights 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, will have to watch from the sidelines this year.
Sid, Buddy, Skip, Kassy, Joe and Tim are not on the rosters for the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. But they have all helped shape this monument to Capitol camaraderie, a game that allows public servants to shed power suits and briefing books in favor of leather and lumber on Nationals Parks elegant diamond.
Its 1960 and a young boy is tossing a baseball with his dad in the backyard, dreaming of playing in the outfield for the New York Yankees one day, just like his idol Mickey Mantle. Fast-forward 54 years and that same boy is playing in the outfield at Nationals Park. But he isnt a professional ballplayer. Hes a U.S. senator.
Play every game as if it was your last, says every manager worth his weight in sunflower seeds. And for a handful of members, the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game will be their last if they dont win re-election later this year.
In the three years he's pitched in the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Richmond put these numbers up: 1.7 ERA, 34 Ks, 10 hits allowed, and a WHIP of 0.8571 in 21 innings pitched. These are numbers he is looking to improve upon in this years contest.
Some ballplayers rack up win after win from the pitchers mound. Others bash hit after hit. Managers capture the coveted Roll Call trophy and put it on display in their offices. Any of these career paths can lead to recognition and honors.
It has the feel of a summer baseball game with the camaraderie of a work happy hour. There is something for everyone, from the thrill-seeking intern who gets excited to see a member of Congress in person to the hard-working chief of staff who needs an excuse to take the rest of the staff out for a night.
Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle or Coach Doyle, as hes deferentially called by colleagues doesnt want to see anybody get hurt at the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Thats a good thing for a team of amateur athletes with an average age far past that of a professional ballplayer in his prime, and perhaps especially good for Rep. Joseph Crowley.
Members of Congress frequently use terms like camaraderie and fun and bipartisanship to describe the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. All true. Its also a place where they barrel into each, break bones, spill blood and jockey for influence on their own teams. In short, its an accurate depiction of life in Congress.
Latisha Powell pointed to a paper pinned to the bulletin board on the bright blue wall and said, When I came here, I couldnt write that essay.
With the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game less than three weeks away, the Democrats and Republicans have set their final rosters.
Talk about a public service! C-SPAN has some serious Throwback Thursday action going on, with videos of past Roll Call Congressional Baseball Games, including from as far back as 1982.
Republicans could have a Louisiana star of their own to rival the Democrats Rep. Cedric L. Richmond in the form of Rep. Vance McAllister.
Republicans hoping to redeem themselves after a devastating loss in last years Congressional Baseball Game will have to take the field without one of their star players.
Democrats are looking to score their sixth straight win following their victory over the Republicans last year with an unprecedented score of 22-0.
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