Jul 14

Democrats and Republicans on the Baseball Diamond

Tonight at Nationals Park sixty-four members of the Senate and House will put on their baseball jerseys and ball caps to renewal their traditional Congressional Baseball Game that first started in 1909. At 7:05 this evening the Democrats will attempt to extend their winning streak to three games as the Republicans will try stopping the Democrats and extending their overall lead between the two sides that currently stands at 38 wins for the Grand Old Party to 34 victories for the Democrats with one tie.

Here is some more information about tonight’s game from www.congressionalbaseball.org/. Since 1909 the Congressional Baseball Game has been the only annual partisan showdown beloved by all and enjoyed by thousands. Every year, with a few interruptions, Senate and House members of each party team up to settle scores and solidify friendships off the floor and on the field. Members usually sport the uniform of their home states and districts, and although proportional representation is not required, elected officials of many states play to win every year. Over the last century the Congressional Baseball Game’s popularity has contributed to its evolution into a fundraiser for two worthy and effective DC area charities, The Washington Literacy Council, and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. It’s often much tougher and more expensive to see representatives play hardball up close in Washington, so at only $10 a ticket the game is a fiscally responsible way to have a whole lot of fun!

To learn more about everything from the history of the game to the players that participated in past games, plus scores and statistics I recommend you visit http://artandhistory.house.gov/house_history/baseball/.