40 Baseball Fans To Be Inducted As They Complete The “Journey Of A Lifetime”.

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Travelers to be honored with induction into the Sports Travel and Tours Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame.

When McGarry was asked “Why do you go on Baseball Road Trips?”, he replied “As the movie says: For The Love Of The Game!”

This coming July, some very devoted baseball fans will be inducted into the Sports Travel and Tours Stadium Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in Cooperstown, NY and coincides with The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend.

Twelve ago years ago, Sports Travel and Tours (STAT) developed this program for fans that have attended games in all 30 Big League ballparks with Sports Travel and Tours. “We hear from our avid baseball fans all the time, that their dream is to see a game in every stadium,” said Jay Smith, President of Sports Travel and Tours. “So we contacted the Hall of Fame and they allowed us to honor these special fans in Cooperstown,” said Smith.

Travelers receive a custom Passport to Baseball and a stamp for each ballpark visited. Once a fan has visited all 30 ballparks with Sports Travel and Tours, they are inducted into the Stadium Hall of Fame. At the Hall, there is an exhibit devoted to these fans and an official register of STAT Hall of Famers. “This will be our fourth class since we initiated the program,” said Teresa Weybrew, Director of Sales for Sports Travel and Tours. “In 2001, there were 6 inductees, 2005 brought us 17 fans and in 2009 we had 26. At present, we have nearly 30 fans eligible for Induction in 2013,” said Weybrew.

“Inductees come from all over the country and have diverse backgrounds,” said Christopher J. Switzer, Creative Director for Sports Travel and Tours. “We have inductees from Tennessee and Ohio, Florida and Missouri, even a husband and wife from Minnesota and brothers from Texas. A resident of the UK has traveled the farthest. The common thread throughout these inductees is their love of baseball and the monumental achievement of visiting every Big League ballpark,” said Switzer.

2013 Inductee Merle Freeman explains the reason her induction means so much to her, “Among my fondest memories of my mother are the many summers we spent together going to all the ballparks across the country. Several trips we shared with others on Baseball Road Trips...She acquired the love baseball from her dad, and mine came from her. Often we would arrange to see friends or relatives in the cities we visited (Cincinnati, New York, Washington, D.C.)...and we always tried to find out the special food item at each park (Boog Powell's BBQ stand at Camden Yard, or the foot long Dodger dog in LA).” Freeman travels have left her with what most fans come away from these trips with – memories that last a lifetime, “Now when I watch the games on TV, I remember when I was there with my mom, and it always brings a smile to my face.”

2001 Inductee Red McGarry said, “I’ve enjoyed the Baseball Road Trips with Sports Travel and Tours as I’ve gotten to meet baseball fans from all over the world and being in Sports Travel and Tours’ Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame makes for some great conversation when on tour from ballpark to ballpark. I call it a “Cruise of the Ballparks” because all you need to do is sit back and enjoy each port.” When McGarry was asked “Why do you go on Baseball Road Trips?”, he replied “As the movie says: For The Love Of The Game!”

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Teresa Weybrew at teresa(at)sportstravelandtours(dot)com or call 800-662-4424.

About Sports Travel and Tours

Founded in 1996, Sports Travel and Tours is a national tour operator based in Massachusetts. The company features travel packages for groups and individuals for all the major sporting events. Travelers can also create their own trip with the “Any Game…Any Time…Any Place!” program. Through its partnerships with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and AAA Clubs throughout the US and Canada, Sports Travel and Tours creates one of a kind, unique trips.

For more information, please visit http://www.sportstravelandtours.com

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