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2006 Republican Roster

Rep. Gresham Barrett (S.C.)


Catcher
Elected 2002

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

This is the fourth Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game for Barrett, who caught for The Citadel as a walk-on player. Every year, Barrett dons a different uniform from a school in his district. This year’s threads come courtesy of Lander University in Greenwood.
Home Westminster

Rep. Joe Barton (Texas)


Coach
Elected 1984

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Barton has been a coach since 1995, when an injury took him out of commission and off the field. The former high school baseball and football player will once again don a Texas Rangers uniform. This year is Barton’s last chance as an assistant — next year he takes over as manager.
Home Ennis

Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas)


Second Base
Elected 1996

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

GOP fans breathed a sigh of relief when Brady, the reigning MVP, made it past the first inning without sustaining an injury. The former center fielder for the University of South Dakota had been hurt three times in three years before last year’s dramatic comeback. He will wear a Sam Houston State University Bearkats uniform.
Home The Woodlands

Rep. Steve Buyer (Ind.)


First-Base Coach
Elected 1992

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Although Buyer’s hardball experience beyond the Congressional game remains confined to the fantasy baseball realm, he has had considerable success coaching the squad. He will again wear an Indiana Hoosiers uniform.
Home Monticello

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.)


Infield
Elected 2000

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Capito will take the field for the fifth time this year. She will be wearing the uniform of the West Virginia Power, a minor league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Home Charleston

Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)

First Base
Outfield
Elected 2004

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Conaway, back for a second year of action, played his fair share of baseball while growing up, but his forté is football. He played on the offensive and defensive lines on the first state championship team at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, before playing at East Texas State. He will sport a Houston Astros uniform.
Home Midland

Sen. John Ensign (Nev.)

Pitcher
Shortstop
Elected 2000

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Filling in ably on the mound for recovering ace Rep. John Shimkus last year, Ensign surrendered five earned runs over six innings of work to lift the GOP to victory. Ensign will don a University of Nevada at Las Vegas uniform.
Home Las Vegas

Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)


Center Field
Elected 2000

Hits L
Throws R
Votes R

Flake will again wear his lucky No. 13 Arizona Diamondbacks uniform when he takes to the diamond. He should be in good shape if the jersey proves as lucky as last year, when its wearer banged out two hits in three at-bats.
Home Mesa

Rep. Phil Gingrey (Ga.)

Outfield
Designated Hitter
Elected 2002

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

The former captain of his high school football team says he has been “batting 1.000 over the last two years — just don’t ask about the number of at bats.” This year Gingrey will exchange the threads of his alma mater, Georgia Tech, for a No. 11 (he represents the 11th district) Kennesaw State University Owls uniform.
Home Marietta

Rep. Virgil Goode (Va.)


Outfield
Elected 1996

Hits L
Throws R
Votes L

Returning for his seventh consecutive year, Goode scored a run in last year’s Republican victory. He will wear a No. 5 Martinsville Baseball Association uniform.
Home Rocky Mount

Rep. Melissa Hart (Pa.)


Outfield
Elected 2000

Hits L
Throws L
Votes R

Hart will once again suit up in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform. Last year she predicted her golf swing would help her limber up in preparation for the contest. No such luck — Hart duplicated her 0-for-1 performance at the plate from the year before. Maybe she’ll get into the swing of things this time around.
Home Bradford Woods

Rep. Kenny Hulshof (Mo.)


First Base
Elected 1996

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

This 2000 Republican MVP very nearly picked up another award last year with a monster game at the plate. Hulshof finished the night 3-for-3 with five RBIs. He will don a Missouri Tigers uniform.
Home Columbia

Rep. Jack Kingston (Ga.)


Second Base
Elected 1992

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Before last year’s game, Kingston promised to wow the scouts and earn a spot on a Major League roster. But after an 0-for-1 showing at the plate, no contract offers were forthcoming. Kingston will once again wear the uniform of the Savannah Chain.
Home Savannah

Rep. Connie Mack IV (Fla.)


Utility
Elected 2004

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Mack, whose great-grandfather was a Hall of Fame baseball manager and owner of the then-Philadelphia Athletics, is playing in his second contest. His uniform will be a replica of the road jersey the Athletics wore during the 1920s. Mack went 1-for-1 last year.
Home Fort Myers

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.)


Outfield
Elected 2002

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Back for his fifth year in the Congressional Baseball Game, McCotter will again sport the uniform of his alma mater, Detroit Catholic Central High School. McCotter had one hit in two at-bats last year.
Home Livonia

Rep. Mike Oxley (Ohio)


Manager
Elected 1981

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

This veteran is managing the GOP team for his eighth and final year. Last year Oxley, who has a record of 6-1, became only the second Congressional baseball manager to retire multiple coveted Roll Call trophies when his GOP squad completed a sweep. He will once again sport a Cincinnati Reds uniform.
Home Findlay

Rep. Chip Pickering (Miss.)


Designated Hitter
Elected 1996

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Rest assured, Republicans. While Pickering’s game-ending knee injury in the sixth inning of last year’s game has forced him to the role of DH, it did not end his career. Before succumbing to injury, Pickering had gone 2-for-3 with an RBI. He will wear a Mississippi State uniform.
Home Hebron

Rep. Richard Pombo (Calif.)


Utility
Elected 1992

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Pombo arrives at RFK hoping to improve on last year’s 0-for-1 performance. In past years, he has worn an Oakland A’s uniform. But last year he switched to the uniform of the Stockton Ports, a farm team.
Home Tracy

Rep. Adam Putnam (Fla.)


Utility
Elected 2000

Hits L
Throws L
Votes R

The youthful-looking Putnam is actually competing in his sixth contest. Last year he scored two runs and drove in another. In the past, Putnam has donned the uniform of the Detroit Tigers, a team that holds spring training in his Lakeland-based district. As of press time, he had not decided on this year’s uniform choice.
Home Bartow

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)


Second base
Elected 1989

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

This GOP team veteran, who was the first woman ever to get on base in a Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, will wear a No. 18 Florida Marlins uniform in honor of the state’s 18th district. “As a Cuban American,” Ros-Lehtinen said, “loving baseball is in my blood.”
Home Miami

Rep. Jim Ryun (Kan.)


Utility
Elected 1996

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Renowned for his prowess as a long-distance runner — he took silver in the 1,500-meter race in the 1968 Olympics — Ryun hopes to make an impact on the baseball field this year after going 0-for-1 in last year’s game. He will wear a University of Kansas Jayhawks jersey.
Home Lawrence

Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.)


Third base
Elected 1994

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Coming off a huge game last year, Santorum looks to repeat his performance this time around. In last year’s game he went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, scoring three runs in the process. He will snare ground balls at third base in his Pittsburgh Pirates uniform.
Home Penn Hills

Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas)


Outfield
Elected 1996

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

This college cross-country runner is suiting up for his sixth Congressional baseball game. He is expected to wear a No. 32 Texas Rangers uniform in honor of his state’s 32nd district, although at press time this had not been confirmed.
Home Dallas

Rep. John Shimkus (Ill.)


Coach
Elected 1996

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

An MVP in both 2002 and 2003, Shimkus wasn’t supposed to toe the rubber last year after his heart surgery. But the GOP’s ace defied the odds and suited up anyway, tossing one inning of relief. Shimkus will don the uniform of Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville, Ill., where he was once a teacher.
Home Collinsville

Rep. Bill Shuster (Pa.)


Utility
Elected 2001

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

The MVP in 2004 didn’t disappoint last year. Always one of the GOP’s most dangerous sluggers, Shuster chipped in with two hits in four at-bats. He will wear a No. 9 Altoona Curve uniform.
Home Hollidaysburg

Rep. Todd Tiahrt (Kan.)


First Base
Elected 1994

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Tiahrt, who played college football for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology from 1969 to 1971, will sport a Wichita State uniform. “I’ll wear my WSU jersey and a big smile,” Tiahrt said.
Home Goddard

Rep. Zach Wamp (Tenn.)

Shortstop
Third Base
Elected 1994

Hits R
Throws R
Votes R

Wamp, whose inside-the-park home run propelled him to the 1999 MVP award, has now hit safely in nine straight contests. Last year he extended his streak, knocking in an RBI as part of a 1-for-3 performance. Wamp will sport a No. 44 University of Tennessee uniform.
Home Chattanooga

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