What Is the Congressional Baseball Game?

Posted: Jun 14, 2017 10:10 AM


On Wednesday, people awoke to the horrific news of a shooting at a Republican team practice for the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot in the hip, but is expected to fully recover. Other staffers and police officers were shot as well. Capitol Police officers, who were there as part of Scalise's security detail (as he's Republican leadership) are being credited with preventing a massacre.

Here's a primer as to what exactly is the Congressional Baseball Game:

What is the Congressional Baseball Game?: The Congressional Baseball Game is held each year to raise money for a charity, and features members of the House of Representatives and the Senate in a Republicans vs. Democrats match-up. This year, the game is set to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, and the Washington Literacy Center. It's one of the few completely bipartisan, friendly events of the year.

Who is playing this year?: The rosters can be found here. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who played baseball in college, is considered to be the star of the Democrats' roster.

When is this year's game?: The game is scheduled for Thursday, June 15. It is unclear if the game is still going to be played. The game is still on!

When did the game start?: The first Congressional Baseball Game was held in 1909. From 1909 until 1961, the game was played sporadically, but it has been held each year since 1962.

Where is the game played?: Since 2008, the game has been played at Nationals Park.

Who won last year's game?: The Republicans snapped a seven-year losing streak in 2016 and defeated the Democrats by a score of 8 to 7. Overall, the Republicans lead the series with a 42–39–1 record. (The 1983 game was called a tie after a nine innings.)

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