Congressional Baseball Game

Jun 15, 2017

The Congressional Baseball Game began in 1909. It was organized by Representative John Tener of Pennsylvania who himself was a former professional baseball player. From 1909 to 1949, only House members participated. That changed in 1950 when a Senator from each party joined the game. While the game pits Republicans and Democrats against each other, it gives some relief to the sharp partisanship that divides members. Former Congressman, Tim Bishop says, “The baseball game is one of the last remaining pieces of bipartisan comity that exists in Washington.” Over the years the Congressional Baseball game has evolved into a fundraiser for local charities in the District of Columbia. This year it is supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, and The Washington Literacy Center.