The Republicans and Democrats will oppose each other for the 17th time tonight in the annual Roll Call Congressional baseball game at 6:15 in Four Mile Run Park.

Following the congressional game, the Alexandria Dukes will meet the Winston-Salem Red Sox in a Carolina League game at 8:15.

The congressional game traditionally has been played in conjunction with a major league game - the Washington Senators until they moved to Texas and then the Orioles in Baltimore.

According to Robert Siegrist, coordinator for the Dukes and a staff member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Mike Halbrooks, Duke's general manager, both the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles put in bids for the doubleheader. The Yankees and Orioles were not availabe for comment.

Halbrooks explained, "We gave them (Congress) our presentation early and because we are in their own backyard, probably got to share the tickets."

The first congressional game was played in 1901 but was held irregularly until recent years. The game is sponsored by the Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call. The Republican lead the series 13-3.

Managing the Democrats will be Rep. Mendel Davis (N.C.) Rep. Silvio O. Conte (Mass.) will call the shots for the Republicans.

Rep. Ron Mottal, from Ohio, who played one year with a Philadelphia Phillies farm team, will be on the mound for the Democrats, wearing a Cleveland Indian uniform.

Opposing Mottal will be Rep. Bill Cohen (Mass.) who admitted that the Democrats "have a much younger team" but predicted that the Republican's "maturity and poise" will be their saluation.

D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy will play first base for the Democrats.

Also scheduled to attend are House Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill (D-Mass.), who is scheduled to throw out the first ball; Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Dukes' President A. Eugene Thomas.