It’s always fun to touch base with former teammates. Here are a couple of photos of teammates we’ve recently connected with.
Kim Buetel (pictured far right) played on the Junior Queen & Her Court team in the mid-70’s . After not seeing each other for over 30 years we got together to celebrate her birthday this past March.
Doug Arnett (pictured far right) from Saskatchewan, Canada played for The Queen & Her Court from 1982-1983. He did an outstanding job as catcher while Eileen took time off to raise a family. We recently received this beautiful photo of his family.
This photo of Barbara Freeman was sent to our website by her brother, Don. She traveled with The Queen & Her Court in 1966. Barbara came to see a performance in the mid-80’s with her three sons. Rosie and Royal truly enjoyed getting to see her again as she was a very special person. Sadly her brother informed us that several years ago Barbara was killed in a car accident.
Having traveled for 25 years, we have been asked thousands of questions but here are the ones we consider the “Top Five.”
- Have you ever played “The King and His Court?” This is definitely the #1 question we have been asked throughout the years. We first would like to acknowledge the fact that Eddie Feigner, the pitcher and “King” of the King and His Court passed away in 2007. He was a superb pitcher and showman and elevated the game of softball in popularity to a new level. We never played against “The King and His Court”, but were billed as a double attraction in Iowa on one occasion. Our paths crossed several times as our teams toured across the United States, and we enjoyed getting to know him and other members of the team. In 1987 after our father had passed away, we met with Eddie Feigner to consider joining forces with both teams, but the logistics didn’t ever quite work.
- Was Rosie ever physically hit while pitching blindfolded? The fact that Rosie pitched one inning each game completely blindfolded while striking out batters is amazing to say the least. She was quite adept at pitching and pulling up the blindfold quick enough to make defensive plays when the ball was hit. Amazingly enough, Rosie was only hit by batted balls twice in her career, but was never injured seriously. However, one year while performing at Ft. Dix Army Base, New Jersey, before 6,000 soldiers Rosie did not realize that Eileen was still talking to the umpire when she pulled down the blindfold. Unfortunately for Eileen, Rosie threw a perfect strike. No one that night questioned that Rosie was indeed pitching blindfolded.
- Did men ever get mad when you beat them? For the most part, the men we competed against were always competitive, but respectful opponents. Most men considered it a privilege to play against our team. We do remember one very unusual situation at a game in Honduras. We faced the opposing pitcher in the first inning and after each of our four batters had gotten hits off him in succession, he threw down his glove, ran out into center field, hopped the fence, and we never saw him again.
- What was the biggest crowd you ever performed before? Fans in South and Central America were crazy for softball…or girls; we’re not sure which. We had to abandon our normal policy of signing autographs after the game. As soon as the last pitch was thrown, we ran to the dug-out and remained there guarded by police until the last fan left. As a single attraction, the largest crowd we played before was in Panama City before 17,000 fans. However, we performed at many of the major league ball parks such as the Anaheim Angels, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies — Also it was never more thrilling to play in Houston’s Famous Astrodome before over 35,000.
- Was it harder to pitch against major league baseball players or fastpitch softball batters? Fastpitch softball men were the toughest batters for Rosie to face because they were accustomed to the rise ball. Major leaguers had a hard time with the rise ball and we could get them almost every time. One time we made the mistake of trying to throw a different pitch to Johnnie Bench on the Mike Douglas Show, and she almost got her head taken off!! After that, it was strictly rise balls to the baseball players.
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Rosie & Eileen