The 45th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Hits the Field Tonight at RFK Stadium

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Democrats vs. Republicans game upholds a tradition begun by Roll Call back in 1962.

First started in 1962 by Roll Call Newspaper, the 45th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game ushers in another year of good-hearted rivalry between Democrats and Republicans tonight at RFK Stadium. With gates opening at 6 p.m., Members of Congress will take the field at 7:05 p.m. to play for area charities.

Republicans, outfitted with the likes of Rep. John Shimkus (Ill.), who led them to victory last year by pitching his team to a 19-11 win, will be looking to build on their 3-0 sweep of the Democrats. The Democrats’ new team manager, Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.), will be looking to shake things up with some new faces on the roster. The coveted Roll Call trophy will be awarded to the winning team immediately after the last out. Free programs, provided by Roll Call, with full team rosters and game analysis are available in today’s issue of Roll Call and at the game.

"We at Roll Call are thrilled to continue our 45-year-old tradition of sponsoring the Congressional baseball game -- and awarding the coveted Roll Call trophy to the winning team. As always, we are excited for the game, but particularly this year because it represents a time of change as both teams transition to new leadership," said David Meyers, managing editor of Roll Call. "But we're confident that the new managers will continue the tradition of putting on a fun night at the ballpark and raising some much-needed funds for local charities."

Roll Call will be honoring retired Democratic team manager Rep. Martin Sabo (Minn.) and retiring Republican team manager Rep. Mike Oxley (Ohio) prior to the game for their service to the charitable event. Last year’s game alone raised $125,000 for local charities.

Tickets to the game are available by contacting the offices of Rep. Mike Doyle or Rep. Mike Oxley.

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Widely regarded as the leading publication for Congressional news and information, Roll Call has been "The Newspaper of Capitol Hill" since 1955. Thorough, authoritative and entertaining, Roll Call is often the first to break major news stories on the issues and personalities that shape America's laws. With accurate, unbiased reporting, Roll Call remains true to its original mission: delivering superior coverage of the people, politics and process of Congress. Founded in 1955 by Sid Yudain, Roll Call is now a member of The Economist Group. For more information, visit

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