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June 26, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 22, 2015 (Video)

In preparation for their Fourth of July recess, members spent the week counting, texting and describing the concept of fire.

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June 24, 2015

Democrats Celebrate 7th Straight Baseball Win on House Floor (Video)

Doyle celebrated Democrats' 5-2 victory on the House floor Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Doyle celebrated Democrats’ 5-2 victory on the House floor Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Baseball Managers Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, and Mike Doyle, D-Pa., interrupted a series of votes Wednesday to once again bring the coveted Roll Call trophy to the House chamber, marking the Democrats’ seventh-straight victory over the Republicans in the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11. With the victory, Democrats now lead the all-time series by one game, 39-38-1.

In a break from decorum, the team managers addressed not only one another, but addressed other players by their first names on the floor. Barton commended his team’s effort and warned Doyle the GOP is “back.”

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June 15, 2015

Highlights From the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game (Video)

Democrats held off a late threat from Republicans to capture their seventh-straight coveted Roll Call trophy at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11.

Roll Call wraps up highlights in three minutes from the Democrats’ 5-2 victory.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 8, 2015 (Video)

A busy week on Capitol Hill quickly turned into a debate over Braille Playboys, Asian geography and tasteless cheese.
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June 12, 2015

Bill Shuster, Not Gonna Play Ball

His vital statistics were listed in the program for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. That’s his smiling mug featured in the deck of 2015 trading cards.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The announcers on June 11 even called his name during the player introductions.

Yet Rep. Bill Shuster was nowhere to be found.

Unless one happened to peek into the far corner of the PNC Diamond Club at the frustrated-looking gentleman bizarrely mumbling to himself. Full story

Dan Kildee Views BLT Disposal as a Team Effort

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After securing another year of bragging rights by coming out on top in the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Rep. Dan Kildee now faces a victory celebration decidedly not for the faint of heart.

Per the friendly wager he made on the game with Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Mich., the Michigan Democrat is owed one of the pound-plus BLTs that helped put Tony’s 1-75 Restaurant on the map.

“I think this might have to be a staff project,” the two-term lawmaker told HOH of the daunting delicacy. “There’s no way I can eat a pound of bacon, even in a month.” Full story

Democrats Win 7th Straight Congressional Baseball Game (Video)

Rep. Raul Ruiz caught the final out, sealing the Democrats' 5-2 victory over the GOP. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ruiz caught the final Republican out, sealing the Democrats’ 5-2 victory Thursday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It might have been the first and only time fans at Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. chanted about a trade measure and a president (who was not one of the running mascots) gave them a thumbs up.

President Barack Obama’s surprise appearance at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night shocked and excited fans, as well as the Democratic and Republican members of Congress who were playing in the yearly partisan face off. Democrats ultimately scored their seventh victory in a row, besting their GOP opponents 5-2.

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June 11, 2015

Congressional Baseball Game 2015: Year of the Tiebreaker?

Conte at bat, back in the day. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conte at bat, back in the day. (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The best American traits are represented in baseball, so it’s OK to expect America’s representatives to be at their best playing baseball.

“In all its complementary contradictions, its play of antitheses, baseball captured a continent bounded to east and west by oceans, laced by mountains and rivers, dry, fertile, wet, wooded, and at its heart, or stomach, endlessly flat. America is a topography mythologized by its inhabitants as they crossed and re-crossed it into an image of themselves, diverse, demanding, unified by common acts of consent to a government of themselves, a government consciously checked and balanced, the formal antitheses of the state reflecting and shaping the inclusive ideals and isolationist tendencies of a people receptive and wary,” A. Bartlett Giamatti, the late baseball commissioner, said in a speech 30 years ago to the Massachusetts Historical Society. Giamatti saw baseball, nation and government inextricably linked. Full story

#tbt: When the Congressional Baseball Game Broke the Gender Barrier

Sanchez, left, still is on the baseball roster. Ros-Lehtinen, right, left baseball for softball. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanchez, left, still is on the baseball roster. Ros-Lehtinen, right, left baseball for softball. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is Thursday, the latest iteration of a tradition dating to 1909. But it wasn’t until the 32nd annual outing that female members of Congress made their first appearance on the diamond, a milestone marked in our Aug. 2, 1993, game program by Tim Curran. Full story

Linda Sánchez Works the Angles of Congressional Baseball

The fact that she’s the only woman suiting up for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is not lost on Rep. Linda T. Sánchez.

And neither are any of the unique opportunities being a part of the sporting life has provided the California Democrat.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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June 10, 2015

A Day In the Life of a Congressional Baseball Playing Mom

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez is looking forward to once again taking the field Thursday for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

She’s also probably majorly relieved to shed the grueling schedule that’s chewed up her calendar since early April. Full story

Michigan Pols Bet the Farm on Congressional Baseball Game

If Rep. Dan Kildee’s team clinches victory at Thursday’s 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, the Michigan Democrat has a herculean task before him. That’s because his reward for toppling freshman lawmaker John Moolenaar’s squad would be a heart-stopping sandwich — a BLT famously featuring one pound of fried bacon — procured from Tony’s I-75 Restaurant in Birch Run, Mich.

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“I’ve tried once, and didn’t even come close,” Kildee told HOH of a failed attempt to polish off the pork-packed behemoth. “No one I know has ever finished it. I think it’s a myth!”

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Trio of Charities Benefit From Congressional Baseball

The Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game also raises money for local charities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game also raises money for local charities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The three charities benefiting from the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game serve a wide swath of the capital region, providing support that helps the area’s vulnerable population. Last year the game raised more than $400,000 for the Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Full story

June 9, 2015

Jeff Flake Psyched to Head to Outfield

While many of his colleagues continue to pour into the insanely crowded race for the presidency, Sen. Jeff Flake is excited about backtracking a bit.

“I’m moving to the outfield this year,” the Arizona Republican, who most recently helped his party out by manning third base during the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, told HOH of his anticipated return to warning track duty.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“I’ve never been an infielder … it was basically anybody who could throw all the way to first base,” Flake joked about his temporary stint in the dirt. Full story

The Man Who Pioneered Roll Call’s Sports Coverage

Maraney was there for the beginning of the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Maraney was there for the beginning of the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

If Roll Call founder Sid Yudain was the Abner Doubleday of congressional baseball, Skip Maraney was his Shirley Povich.

Maraney spent most of the 1960s writing about congressional sports — baseball, obviously, but also basketball, softball, bowling and bridge — for Roll Call. In fact, he was Roll Call’s first, and seemingly only, sports columnist. For his dedication to the paper, the community and game, Marney is the 2015 inductee into the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame. Full story

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