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'Softball' Question: Tony Snow Hails Greatest Pitcher of All Time -- Eddie Feigner?

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Softball' Question: Tony Snow Hails Greatest Pitcher of All Time -- Eddie Feigner?

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It was a rather serious White House press briefing, consumed with questions about Iraq and Iran. Press Secretary Tony Snow went so far as to say that those who are saying that the alleged evidence of Iranian weapons killing Americans is overhyped are themselves guilty of "overhyping" the Iranian crisis, for political gain. Fortunately, before things got too tense, he was saved by a true "softball" question -- and Jeff Gannon wasn't even in the room.

Someone innocently asked if President Bush, as a former baseball owner, was willing to offer his reaction to the recent death "of the greatest pitcher who ever lived?"

"And that would be?" Snow wondered.

"Eddie Feigner," came the answer, and Snow was ready to pounce on that.

Feigner was the barnstorming giant of softball for decades, appearing as the King and his Court. He could throw the ball so hard he would routinely call all his fielders to the dugout and simply strike out the side almost every time. …

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