“The King & His Court” vs. 1986 Super Bowl Giants Softball Game to Benefit Professor

Teaneck, NJ (May 31, 2006) — “The King & His Court”, softball’s most famous traveling show for the past 61 years, will take on players from the New York Giants 1986 Super Bowl team on Thursday, July 6 in a game to benefit Fairleigh Dickinson University professor Rich Fritzky and his family.

The game will start at 7:00 p.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Softball field on the Hackensack side of the Metropolitan Campus. Pre-game family fun will begin at 5:30. Get autographs and photos with the Giants, participate in a Home Run Derby contest, try your luck in a tricky tray, and enjoy your favorite food.

Fritzky, father of 12 children, 20-year president of the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, editor of Meadowlands USA, and professor at Fairleigh Dickinson for 25 years, contracted a rare form of meningitis in October. After enduring months of coma, strokes, amputations and kidney failure, he beat the odds to miraculously survive with his wit and intellect intact. Now the challenge is to keep this big family in their home, retrofit the house for wheelchair access and provide the computer tools that will enable him to continue to write without his hands.

Harry Carson, Perry Williams, George Martin, Odessa Turner, Billy Ard, Brad Benson and Curtis McGriff of the New York Giants 1986 Super Bowl team will play against “The King & His Court”, which are led by Eddie "The King" Feigner. The four-man softball team has been touring the globe for the past 61 years, playing in 102 countries and in front of over 20 million fans. Feigner, who is 81 years old and has thrown 930 no-hitters and 238 perfect games, uses his pitching arm mostly for autographs while serving as emcee.

Feigner is the self-proclaimed greatest fast pitch softball pitcher ever. The King is famous for pitching from second base, blindfolded, behind his back, between his legs, and from center field. His fastball has been clocked at over 100 miles per hour and over the span of his career he has struck out 141,517 batters. One of Feigner's most notable performances was in 1967 at Dodger Stadium. The King struck out, in succession, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Maury Wills, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente, all in their prime.

Grandstand seating is limited, so fans should come early. There is plenty of open, grassy space, so fans may wish to bring a lawn chair. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under 14. Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance in person at FDU’s Dickinson Hall (Room 1134, Continuing Education), or by mail (FDU – H-DH1-02, 1000 River Rd., Teaneck, NJ 07666).

The “King and Court” will stay to sign autographs for fans after the game.

For more information about Richard Fritzky and how to help, visit the Friends of Richard Fritzky website at www.fritzky.com. For more information on the “King and his Court”, visit http:// www.kingandhiscourt.com/index_home.html. Fans can also call 201-692-7154 or email dewitte@fdu.edu for more information.


Press contact: Scott Giglio, University Public Relations

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