Clients of Sports Travel and Tours of Hatfield, Mass., will have the opportunity to see not just baseball stadiums but marvelous historical museums while on Major/Minor: Heartland. Scheduled from June 8-14, this trip will feature seven games involving 13 major and minor league teams and three museum tours spread out across four states.
According to Jay Smith, president of Sports Travel and Tours, 16 travelers have already signed up for the trip, which will begin on Monday, June 8 with a traditional welcome reception in Cincinnati.
“Everybody has one common bond, and it’s called a love of baseball,” Jay says. “That opening reception for all our trips is key. It gives people an opportunity to gather and meet one another.”
After the reception, participants will venture to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, which Jay feels is the best hall of fame of any baseball team. From there, the group will walk next door to the Great American Ball Park, where they’ll watch the Cincinnati Reds take on the Philadelphia Phillies.
The second day of the trip will be spent at Comerica Park in Detroit. Through a stadium tour that will bring trip-goers to the dugout and batting tunnel, the Detroit Tigers Walk of Fame and more, participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at the park. That evening, they’ll also be able to watch the Tigers in a game against the Chicago Cubs.
On Wednesday, travelers will experience an extra, non-sports related feature of the trip: a visit to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Despite its name, the museum isn’t focused just on cars but rather on 300 years’ worth of American history. Jay says it’s these kinds of highlights that set the Sports Travel and Tours trips apart for the variety.
“It’s an incredible complex and a really special place,” Jay says of the Henry Ford Museum. “It holds the original bus where Rosa Parks stood up against segregation, which is very moving. They have a lot of displays that change regularly as well.
The group will have lunch there before moving on to Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio, where participants will watch the Toledo Mud Hens take on the Syracuse Chiefs.
Thursday will provide travelers with a chance to relax and see the sites once they have arrived in Cleveland, Ohio. Because the game at Progressive Field between the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners is being held at noon, there will be spare time in the afternoon for interested participants to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before dinner.
The fifth day will take travelers to Columbus, Ohio, for a tour of the Phoenix Bat Company. Participants will learn how old-fashioned wooden bats are made before catching a game at Huntington Park. For the second time, they’ll see the Syracuse Chiefs—this time up against the Columbus Clippers.
Participants will then spend Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Louisville Slugger Museum, which showcases the history of the Louisville Slugger brand of bats and baseball in general.
They’ll also travel just down the road to the Louisville Slugger Field to watch the Louisville Bats take on the Durham Bulls.
On the seventh and final day, participants will watch the Indianapolis Indians play against the Gwinnett Braves at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
Learn more about this action-packed Major/Minor: Heartland adventure, and then sign up!