The King and His Court returning to Shelby County

Published 9:38 am Tuesday, July 5, 2011


The King and His Court, a 4-man softball team created in 1946, will make a stop in Shelby County as part of their Farewell Tour on July 16 at Spain Park High School.

The 4-man team, in its 65th season, will face off against the cast of Lizard Lick Towing on the nationally-televised show All Worked Up on TruTV in an exhibition contest at 7 p.m. at the Spain Park softball complex.

The King and His Court are billed as America’s No. 1 family softball entertainment and raises funds for youth organizations, military bases, church groups, civic organizations and entire communities. The King and His Court have made only one previous appearance in Shelby County, when the traveling team came to Buck Creek Park in 1993.

Games involving the King and His Court feature stunt pitches, feats of athletic talent and crowd pleasing comedic routines. The team features pitcher Rich Hoppe of Burbank, Calif., catcher Charlie Dobbins of Raleigh, N.C., first baseman Mike Branchaud of Ontario, Canada and shortstop Ron Davenport of Raleigh, N.C.

Event organizer Larry Martin is currently seeking two fast-pitch softball umpires, a bugle player, a fast-pitch pitcher, as well as corporate sponsors for the event.

For more information, contact Martin at 368-0959.