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Congressional baseball’s past and future converge on the turf of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium tonight in the 45th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. This year’s tussle between Republicans and Democrats heralds both the sunset of one era and the dawning of another.
When Rep. Mike Oxley (R-Ohio) arrived in Washington, D.C., after winning a special election in 1981, he got a very quick lesson on the importance of the Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.
It was Lou Holtz who once observed that you can’t turn a losing team around by changing coaches “any more than you are going to fix a flat tire by changing the driver.” Then again, Holtz built a Hall of Fame coaching career as college football’s Mr. Fix-It, inheriting downtrodden programs and quickly whipping them into winners.
Members of Congress weren’t the only ones with baseball uniforms after last year’s Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, one of the two longtime beneficiaries of the game’s fundraising efforts, spent its money on baseball uniforms, sports equipment and field upkeep.
There’s a saying used regularly by the folks in the Washington Nationals’ community relations department. It speaks to the dedication that both the staff and the players themselves have shown to the city they have come to call home.
Rep. Martin Sabo (Minn.) clearly loves baseball. It’s a fact that is apparent from the moment one enters his office in the Rayburn House Office Building.
Twenty-one Democrats will gear-up to take the field at this year's Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.
The GOP returning champions are set to take the field at this year's Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.