Sports Travel and Tours to Offer Six-Day Going Yard Trip

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Highlights include stadium tours, volunteering event at Doubleday Field

Photo of Doubleday Field in Cooperstown

Historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY

On June 12, a team of volunteers organized in partnership by Sports Travel and Tours and Tourism Cares will tackle renovations at Doubleday Field, followed by a barbeque and whiffle ball game on the iconic field.

Sports Travel and Tours is now accepting reservations for its trip Going Yard: Give Back to Baseball, which will be held from June 8-13 and will include tours of Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, and a volunteering event at Doubleday Field.

After a trip reception in New York City on June 8, participants will tour Yankee Stadium and watch the San Francisco Giants play the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 9, after touring the Big Apple.

On June 10, participants will watch the Washington Nationals take on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium before heading to Cooperstown, N.Y., on June 11.

A visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame is the highlight for June 11, and on June 12, a team of volunteers organized in partnership by Sports Travel and Tours and Tourism Cares of Canton, Mass., will tackle renovations at Doubleday Field, followed by a barbeque and whiffle ball game on the iconic field.

The trip concludes June 13 with a game at Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox will face off against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Brad Horn, vice president of communications and education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said the hall has a special connection with Sports Travel and Tours. “We have found that their visitors are so passionate about baseball and baseball history that they already bring a sound appreciation for what we do at the Baseball Hall of Fame to their visit,” Horn says.

The Baseball Hall of Fame features a wide variety of permanent exhibits, such as: a timeline of the sport’s history; an exhibit concerning the role women have played in the sport, called “Diamond Dreams”; an exhibit celebrating Latino players, called “Viva Baseball”; a presentation on ballparks, both past and present, called “Sacred Ground”; and a records room called “One for the Books,” which celebrates great milestones in the sport.

Two special photo exhibits will be also on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame when Sports Travel and Tours group arrives on June 11: One offering will be a presentation of 50 photographs throughout baseball’s history, entitled “Picturing America’s Pastime,” and another collection of about 50 photographs taken by Osvaldo Salas, primarily of baseball in Cuba during the 1950s, features many Hall of Famers.

Participants will also get a treat. Horn says they will have the opportunity to view artifacts of the game that are not currently on display—perhaps the bat Lou Gehrig used in the 1937 All Star game, for instance, or Babe Ruth’s bat.

Quinton Hasak, supervisor of Doubleday Field, says that when volunteers arrive on Friday, June 12, they will concentrate on painting, cleaning up the concrete and pulling weeds. Hasak says that after the cleanup, the field will be “dressed up and up-to-date, almost restored.”

Volunteers will work on restoring the historic site from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., after which they will be able to relax and have fun with a barbeque and a game of whiffle ball. There is also a baseball game scheduled for after the cleanup period that volunteers can settle in to watch.

Hasak, who has been the supervisor of Doubleday Field for two years, says that despite his background in reconditioning sports fields with a local business called Greener World, he has never been involved in anything quite like the volunteer program. He hopes to get involved with restoration projects at other venues as well. He will certainly be working alongside the 60 or 65 expected volunteers during the Tourism Cares event.

“It’s an excellent idea, and I’m sure a lot of places would appreciate the help as much as we do,” Hasak says.

“Doubleday Field is spectacular,” Hasak adds. “It’s a historic field and a beautiful place, but it’s very difficult for us to keep on top of the maintenance. We’re a municipality, so we don’t have the funds that some people might think. We’re always at a bit of a disadvantage due to that fact.”

Learn more about Going Yard or register for the trip. Learn more about Tourism Cares.

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