02 Jun

Couple Celebrates Wedding Anniversary in a Very Unique Way

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Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 31, 2014

Steve and Nancy Yoho celebrated their 30th anniversary and their love of America’s Pastime on a Baseball Road Trip this season with Sports Travel and Tours.

Steve Yoho of Long Beach, California and his wife, Nancy, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in a unique way – a Baseball Road Trip hosted by Sports Travel and Tours of Hatfield, Massachusetts. Traveling with Steve and Nancy were good friends Teri Denhart and Dave Beard from San Diego.

These LA Angels fans enjoyed major league games in six different ballparks, stadium tours of Camden Yards and Yankee Stadium, the Babe Ruth Birthplace, the Sports Legend Museum, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with city tours and historic sites.

Lifelong baseball fans, Steve and Nancy didn’t even know such a trip existed until a few months before they signed up with Sports Travel and Tours. “The great thing about this trip was we didn’t have to do anything – we just packed and went.”

While each of the baseball games were a highlight of the trip, Steve enjoyed the baseball “enrichments” that he wouldn’t have planned on his own, such as the Babe Ruth Birthplace and the stadium tours, including the Yankee Stadium Monument Park between the bullpens. Steve says, “When you go in the back of the stadium, you feel as though you’re in the game itself.”

Steve’s favorite ballpark to visit was the historic Fenway Park with its “Green Monster” and the different foods the couple could enjoy at each different park.

Although the couple had been to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum previously, they preferred their experience this time, which occurred on their actual anniversary day. “We didn’t feel rushed, trying to see everything in the short amount of time we did before,” said Steve. “On this trip, we took our time enjoying the Nolan Ryan exhibit, the many plaques, and the Abbott and Costello ‘Who’s on First?’ exhibit twice.”

Steve grew up in Long Beach, and attended 20 games or more a year with his brother and dad, a Dodger’s fan, who would get tickets from work, pick up his sons, and then drive to the ballpark in Los Angeles that evening for a game. Steve would collect the baseball cards of players he had seen during these games every summer and, as a child, would work out the stats of the players on the cards, which eventually led him to his career in Analytical Analysis. While Steve’s own son was growing up, he coached his baseball team at Long Beach Little League Park, and continued attending baseball games often.

Steve proudly states that, “this is the best trip if you are a baseball fan. Our goal is to go on a couple more.”

15 Apr

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014

 

 

 

 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee held its annual selection meeting today and elected seven individuals to the Class of 2014. Bringing the total number of members in the Hall of Fame to 287 are linebacker Derrick Brooks, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Claude Humphrey, tackle Walter Jones, wide receiver Andre Reed, defensive end Michael Strahan, and cornerback/safety Aeneas Williams. The newest members of the Hall of Fame were selected from a list of 17 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee.

Derrick Brooks never missed a game during his 14-season career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A six-time All-Pro selection and member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s, he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002.

Ray Guy becomes the first full-time punter to earn election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. An impact player throughout his entire 14-season career with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, he was named All-Pro six straight years.

Claude Humphrey was named first-team All-Pro five times and earned six Pro Bowl nods during his career with the Atlanta Falcons (1968-1978) and Philadelphia Eagles (1979-1981). Although not an official statistic at the time, he is credited with 122 career sacks.

Walter Jones stepped into a starting role as a rookie and excelled as one of the game’s finest tackles during his 12 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s, he was named All-Pro six times and voted to nine Pro Bowls.

Andre Reed caught 951 passes for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns in his 16-season career. He hauled in 50 or more passes in 13 seasons which ranked second at the time of his retirement.

Michael Strahan recorded double-digit sack totals six times in a nine-season span including a NFL single-season record 22.5 sacks in 2001. A five-time All-Pro pick, he amassed 141.5 sacks in his 15-season career with the New York Giants.

Aeneas Williams, a four-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowl selection, intercepted 55 passes for 807 yards and 9 touchdowns during a 14-season career with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams.

Experience the excitement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, OH. This is your best opportunity to get close to the legends of yesterday and the stars of today.

PLATINUM PLUS PACKAGE
This package includes all of the weekend’s premiere events and exclusive extras like the Friday night Gold Jacket Ceremony, VIP Seating at the Enshrinement Ceremony and Gold Zone Seating at the Hall of Fame Game, and more! Experience the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival this year!

ULTIMATE VIP PACKAGE
This package includes all of the weekend’s main events and exclusive extras like the Friday night Dinner and Gold Jacket Ceremony, Timken Grand Parade, Sideline Seating at the Enshrinement Ceremony and Sideline Seating at the Hall of Fame Game, and more! Experience the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival with Sports Travel and Tours.

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING PACKAGE
This package staying at the Comfort Inn Canton includes all of the weekend’s main events; The Friday Night Reception and Gold Jacket Viewing at the Hall of Fame, Timken Grand Parade, Sideline Seating at the Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game, and more! Experience the Enshrinement Festival with Sports Travel and Tours.

 

Original story at profootballhof.com

 

10 Apr

Listen in to STAT President Jay Smith on the Sports Palooza Radio Show

LISTEN IN TO S.T.A.T. PRESIDENT JAY SMITH ON THE AIR IN THIS RECENT INTERVIEW!

SPORTS PALOOZA RADIO SHOW
Lisa & Ej have a great show on deck this week!!

They start with Al Clark, former MLB Umpire who has a new book to discuss, ‘Called out, but safe’, and discusses his career and motivation for writing the book.

Jay Smith, President of Sports Travel and Tours comes on to discuss the behind the scenes events that are highlighted with baseball packages.

Woody Woodburn, award winning Author of ‘Wooden & Me’ comes on to discusses his relationship with famed coach John Wooden and how the book came to be.

Click here to listen. Enjoy the show!!

Sports Palooza Radio

 

03 Mar

Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Keeps Clients Coming Back Year After Year

Since her teenage years, she has returned to the Hall many times, and has often enjoyed the Enshrinement Ceremony. However, when she decided to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival for the entire weekend of festivities, she traveled with Sports Travel and Tours – 5 different times.

Phyllis Comer

Phyllis Comer has always been interested in sports, especially football. From the time she was a child, until now, as a State Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and retired educator, football has been an important part of her life. Growing up in Aliquippa, PA, her father helped her develop an interest in sports, and as a teenager, she first went with him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. She attended the same high school that graduated such football players as Mike Ditka, Shawn Gilbert, Tony Dorsett, and others. She is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Since her teenage years, she has returned to the Hall many times, and has often enjoyed the Enshrinement Ceremony. However, when she decided to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement for the entire weekend of festivities, she came with Sports Travel and Tours – 5 different times. “I have recommended Sports Travel and Tours to friends,” she said.

2010 was her favorite Hall of Fame Enshrinement year. That year Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice were enshrined, along with several others. Her favorite part of the weekend is the Gold Jacket Ceremony. “It’s a very emotional moment when the newly enshrined players surrender their suit jacket, and put on that gold jacket, for the first time in public.”

Phyllis loves the Football Hall of Fame because it is “both educational and entertaining.” The many interactive exhibits and the memorabilia keep it fresh and interesting for all ages. At the Hall, her favorite exhibit is of the Super Bowl rings. “They began small, but every year they get bigger and gaudier. It’s so interesting.”

Phyllis has several favorite players in, and not yet in, the Hall of Fame, not all of them Steelers. One favorite is Michael Irvin, enshrined in 2007. “He’s very approachable, and was a real leader on the field.” She was also pleased that Michael Strahan would be enshrined this year, and looks forward to the future enshrinement of Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu and Jerome Bettis. As Phyllis says, “Football is America’s sport.”

Sports Travel and Tours is helping fans attend this event, along with the other festivities that comprise the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Travel packages include hotel accommodations, various events throughout the weekend including the Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday, August 2, and the Hall of Fame game on Sunday, August 3. Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy make up the Class of 2014 Hall of Fame enshrinees.