To tell you the truth, I never heard of our congressman playing an annual baseball game. From 1909 to 1949 both teams were filled with members of the House. Members of the Senate were not prohibited from playing, they just didn’t participate. Separate teams are comprised of Republicans and Democrats who play against each other. The games are played for charity and they raise more than $100,000 annually for local area charities in the District of Columbia.
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was on the Republican team in the 1980’s. He was elected to the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012 and was the first player in the history of this series to hit an over-the-wall home run in 1979. In the 1983 game, shown in the above video, Paul went 2 for 3 and is considered one of the best players to have played in the annual game. This particular game ended in a 17-17 Tie.
Originally each team had “Republicans” or “Democrats” embroidered on their uniforms but in recent years teammates wear uniforms of the teams from their congressional district or home state. Games have been held historically throughout the Washington, D. C. area and in the past few years have been played at the newly built Nationals Park.
Back in 1914 the baseball game interrupted an Appropriations bill debate on Civil War cotton damage because there wasn’t a quorum present. It seems they were all at the baseball game. The House eventually resumed with a quorum when rain interrupted the game, but nothing was decided as the members apparently still had their minds on the unfinished game, which brings me to the reason I decided to write this little ditty.
I wonder how much could have been accomplished if congress had decided to take the budget hearings out to the ballpark this year. I don’t understand much about the “fiscal cliff” but it has something to do with the budget and debt reduction. Can’t you just see Harry Reid, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, all decked out in their uni’s, socks pulled high, waiting for the challenge? I know, I know ~ it’s no laughing matter, but it makes me chuckle just to think about it. A decision was finally made three hours before the midnight EST deadline tonight, when the Senate agreed to a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. The House will vote later.
Hopefully, they’ll be able to take to the ballpark for the final vote before April when the regular season starts. I don’t know why, but things seem to happen on a timely basis at the ballpark ~ results oriented you know? Who knows, it just might work!
- Obama to Hold “Fiscal Cliff” Talks with Top Congressional Leaders (voanews.com)
- Paul’s quirky congressional career comes to a close (mysanantonio.com)
- Parachute woven for ‘fiscal cliff’ (mysanantonio.com)