Shimkus to Wear UIS Jersey for Congressional Baseball Game
Jun 29, 2010
Washington, DC - The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity will be held on Tuesday evening, June 29, and Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) will be wearing a University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars uniform in his 14th appearance. The game will be played in Nationals Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals.
The baseball game began in 1909 and with some exceptions has been held each year, continuously since 1962 under the sponsorship of Roll Call. The game pits Republicans versus Democrats. The Republicans lead the overall series 38-33-1.
The Washington Literacy Council and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington are the two beneficiaries of the event. Rachel Robinson, widow of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
The UIS Prairie Stars will not actually begin play until their inaugural season opens in the spring of 2011.
Shimkus is tapped to be the Republicans’ starting pitcher. “I really enjoy the Congressional Baseball Game, as it is great for camaraderie among our team, as a stress reliever, and as a fundraiser for these two worthwhile charities. I have worn a different team uniform every year, and I am pleased to be supporting the University of Illinois Springfield this year.”