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The King and His Court hang up their jerseys

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WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- "The King and His Court" will be making their final appearance on Saturday where it all started, in Walla Walla.

The four man team is known sometimes as the Globetrotters of softball. Since 1946, they've toured the country, taking on full teams and entertaining crowds with their skills. Over the 65 years, they've performed in more than 4,000 cities and 100 countries.

The founder, Eddie Feigner, was from Walla Walla. Although he passed away years ago, the team wants to honor him by saying goodbye there. Current King and His Court Pitcher Rich Hoppe explains, "We've had very gracious families to allow us to do this. It's enhanced all our lives, but we bring it home for the boss and original members in the great state of Washington. This is where it all came out of, especially the city of Walla Walla."

Hoppe has been with the team 30 years and says it's sad to end the fun, but times are changing. He explains, "We're kind of like gunfighters on horseback in an old Western set and they've got drones with smart bombs aimed at us. It's the end of an era, the end of Americana."

Their final show is this Saturday night, August 27th, at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla. First pitch is at 7:00pm. To buy tickets, click here.