Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Retro Wednesday.......



Hi Everybody...As many of you know, I was raised by my grandparents. My Grandpa was a hard working man for General Motors. He couldn't do a lot of things that parents did with kids, but he taught me about hunting and fishing, and he took me to sporting events like the Detroit Tiger's baseball games. He also took me to wrestling matches, the Harlem Globetrotters, and in 1962 took me to Atwood Stadium to see...The King and His Court!
The King and His Court consisted of a fire-throwing phenom named Eddie Feigner, and 3 other guys that changed several times over the years. They would barnstorm into town with much publicity and ballyhoo, and then challenge that particular home-towns softball All-Star Team.
9 vs 4. And unlike the Harlem Globetrotters, they played for real, and to WIN!!!
They started playing in 1946, and played up until 2000..
Feigner was amazing, he could pitch blindfolded, between his legs, behind his back, and from SECOND BASE!! The King and his Court played over 10,000 games...And in that span, Feigner pitched over 238 PERFECT games, and threw over 900 NO-HITTERS!!
I remember Driving home from out West in 1998, I was in some small town in Iowa getting gas when in pulled a Chevy Passenger Van. On the side of the van was painted WORLD FAMOUS KING AND HIS COURT!!! And sure enough, behind the wheel of the van was the man himself, Eddie Feigner. One by one they piled out of the vehicle to do whatever, I was absolutely mesmerized by the scene unfolding before me. I finished pumping my gas and sat behind the wheel of my van, flooded with memories of a great and loving upbringing, by simple honest people.....Eventually tears started streaming down my cheeks and I stared off into nothingness remembering that moment in time when me and Gramps went to see a Legend!!
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I still have that program, signed by all 4 members of that travelling team..
Eddie Feigner died in 2007....RIP Eddie....YOU ROCKED!!!!
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Peace...!!!

17 comments:

Mona said...

you were brought up by grandparents?

Cool! I think Grandparents are always better than parents. They love you more & spoil you rotten!

But they bring up what turn out to be better human beings!

Mona said...

I have always wondered, what's in a game that make them so special...

Now with match fixing & all I think I know...

& sport lovers & sports craze support 'their' purpose well...

Serena Joy said...

I think it's wonderful that you have these mementoes from childhood that remind you of so many poignant memories. Keep hanging on to all that stuff!:)

buffalodickdy said...

He was in G.R. a couple of times, and always got good press! Amazing man! I remember Ripleys believe-it-or-not(First version) showed him doing all the pitches you described, while in his prime...

lime said...

what a great post. another insight into galen. what a special memory. i never heard of these guys but they sound amazing and obviously brought back a flood of good feelings for you when you encountered them years later. thanks for sharing. :)

SignGurl said...

Galen, you made me cry!! That was the sweetest post ever!!

You are going to be just as great of a grandpa some day :)

barman said...

This is back to some of my favorite posts you do. You have so many stories trapped in the mind of yours that it is always wonderful when one escapes. This one is about my fave of all and might I add your grandparents did a wonderful job raising you.

Vrooomm, vrom, vrooommmmm...

J Morgetron said...

Hey G.

I didn't know that about you.

Kids raised by older parents or grandparents always have that old soul feeling about them ...

-J

Strumpet said...

Aw, Galen, this is such a sweet, sweet story.

That must have been one Hell of a show they put on and to be in such good company while viewing it, had to be the bomb.

xoxo

javajazz said...

i think you made that up...
about your grandparents.

Rebicmel said...

These kind of memories Galen last a lifetime, as you very well brought out! It's funny how these things can come back to us later in life, what a wonderful experience this must have been for you kiddo!!!

snowelf said...

Hey ya, G-man, I didn't know you were brought up by your grandparents. Interesting Galen-trivia. :)

I always love hearing your sweet memories.

hugs!!
--snow

G-Man said...

Mona Dear...
In most cases you are right!!
I was spoiled, but NOT rotten...G

Sometimes a memory is enough to get you through a lifetime Sherry!
xoxbgxox

He was awesome Buff!!!

That was sweet Trini...
Thanks for always being so comforting..
You are like a bubbling oasis, in a desert of gloom..G

Jenn...
You make me cry all the time...G

Thanks Barman...
My very first commenter!!
Very kind words, from a very kind gentleman...

Jodiferous...
Thanks sweetie for visiting me ;D
Missed you terribly...G

Thanks Chandra Annie :D

YENTA!!!!!

Melissa....
Call me Boyo...=P
(I learned that from Strumpet)

Thanks Snow...
I just LOVE your visits, I always feel so blessed!
G

Mona said...

Ok Dear, spoilt but not rotten...aka PAMPERED

javajazz said...

just wanted to make you laugh, boyo.
(goyo.)

Strumpet said...

=P

You're so cute with your smiley-faces.

Much love, Gayland.

xoxo

G-Man said...

Mona...You Pamper me!!
Thanks...xomrxo

Goyo...?
hahahaha
That was right clever there Miss Lisa...G
xox

You've taught me what little I know about that crap Strumpet...G
;D xox