Glenn Moore Interview Written By Gary Leland
Gary Leland: There's something I want to talk about that I just find very interesting. Every time I see anything about the King and His Court or Eddie Feigner, I think of you.
Glenn Moore: I did play for Eddie Feigner. He was probably the most well-known fastpitch softball player of his time. In 1946, he started a team called The King and His Court, and pitched for nearly 50 straight years . It's just amazing what he has done. He passed away unfortunately a couple of years back, but I had the opportunity to play against him out of misfortune. I play against the court whenever he had his heart attack back in 1990.
The day after that, I was scheduled to pitch against him. I was a young guy right out of college and had an opportunity to do that. I pitched fairly well against them. They were looking for someone they could bring in to do the trick, pitches behind the back, through the legs, blindfolded. I wasn’t into all that right away I just wanted to compete, play and of course, that's what they needed right away.
They had a guy name, Rich Hoppe that could do all the trick pitches. He was more of the showman type, and I was still in my competitive mode. So they picked me up to do the bulk of the pitching. He was a little older and I was a little younger. I was bulletproof at that time, so I did the bulk of the pitching for them the first year. In the second year, I learned some of the trick pitches and had a little fun with it.
The blindfold, the behind the back, the pick off at first base, those things. I played three years, and it was a great experience. I got to meet a lot of the old-timers. The great pitchers and I learned a lot from them. I learned a lot from Eddie too. There's been less than 50 members of The King and His Court through that length of time since 1946. I was very fortunate to have had that opportunity to play with The King and His Court, Eddie Feigner and all those great players.
Gary Leland: I am always amazed when I see them play.
Glenn Moore: Yeah, we played with four man, no outfielders. We had a pitcher, catcher, short stop, and first baseman. It was kind of like the Harlem Globe Trotters traveling without the Washington Generals, We would go play whoever was willing to play us. By the time I came along, there were fewer men’s fastpitch players, so we might face a female pitcher. Sometimes, we were embarrassed by female pitchers.
We played against the national teams, from time to time. One of the greatest games was against the Canadian National Team. Everybody knows how strong men's softball is in Canada. One of my biggest memories was beating the Canadian National Team and hitting a walk-off grand slam home run to win the game.
Gary Leland: Their were four of you on the field?
Glenn Moore: Yes four of us. Defensively we were at a weakness, but pitching being so dominant in this sport, that you're able to keep them from scoring a run or two, or giving up a run or two against the better teams. You bat nearly every inning with four man on the field, so you would get 7 or 8 bats a game depending on how well you hit, and how strong that pitcher was. Eventually, you should be able to score a run if you figure out a pitcher and get to them.
Gary Leland: How did you get involved in softball?
Glenn Moore: I grew up in rural Mississippi in a little town named Liberty. Their claim to fame is Jerry Clower. He was my next door neighbor. Basically, the next door neighbor was two miles away. I grew up in an area where all the churches had fastpitch softball teams.
The women played slow pitch at the time, and the men played fastpitch. My dad was a well known pitcher, and highly sought-after. I had five brothers and we all played for my dad's team. We played, weekends, Saturday, Friday nights, and after church on Sunday. That's the way it was.
We didn't play during church hours, but we played softball every weekend during the summer. Fourth of July I was always sitting under the tree eating fried chicken and watching softball. So it was a family event for me. I had a dad that was very good, and taught us the sport early on in my life.
Gary Leland: So you didn't come from baseball, and start playing softball when you got out of school. You were playing softball from the start.
Glenn Moore: I was just the opposite. I played softball before I played baseball. A lot of people who play both will tell you that even though a softball is bigger, it is more difficult to hit coming from 46 feet. These men pitch from 46 feet so I'm 3 feet further away from the batter than college pitchers pitch so you're pretty close.
We only had the rule that when you had to have one foot on the pitching rubber, so we could leave and come off the mound and pitch from about 40 feet while throwing at a speed of 70 plus miles an hour. It's not a lot of reaction time. It's pretty pitcher-dominant sport.
Gary Leland: Well Glenn, I appreciate you sharing a little but about The King and His Court and your background in softball.
Glenn Moore: A lot of fun.
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