As the annual Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony rolls around again, your friends at Sports Travel and Tours are excited to offer the Induction Plus trip from Wednesday, July 22 to Tuesday, July 28 to help you get the most out of the big weekend. In addition to taking travelers to all of the Hall of Fame-related activities on Saturday and Sunday, the trip will feature three games at three different ballparks.
Forty-five-year-old Billy Canavan of Las Vegas, Nevada, a host for the tour, says he thinks the highlight of the Induction Plus trip is the parade; in his 20 years working for Sports Travel and Tours, he’s seen a good number of parades, and they are always memorable for participants, he says.
“It’s unbelievable to watch all the Hall of Famers riding around down Main Street in these open-ended cars or pick-up trucks,” Billy says. “They sit in the back and you’re 15 feet away from these guys. You’ll even get a chance to throw them a ball when the traffic stops, and they’ll sign it and throw it back.”
The trip will begin Wednesday with a reception in New York. Travelers will have the chance to meet and greet each other as well as their tour guides. The following day, Thursday, the itinerary includes a game at the well-known Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees will take on the Baltimore Orioles.
On Friday, travelers will spend some additional time at Yankee Stadium with a tour of the park before heading off on an encompassing tour of the city. In the evening, participants will get to see the second New York baseball team, the Mets, take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.
Finally, Saturday will kick off the exciting Hall of Fame-related festivities. Once in Cooperstown, N.Y., travelers will tour the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and watch the award presentation at historic Doubleday Field. Later in the day, the “Parade of Legends” will commence. Travelers will be able to watch remarkable Hall of Famers—including this year’s inductees—parade down Main Street.
On Sunday, the formal induction ceremony will be held at the Clark Sports Center. Four players will be inducted this year: second baseman Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros, pitcher Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners, pitcher Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox and pitcher John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves.
With the Hall of Fame Induction weekend over, on Monday travelers will fly to Boston for a tour of the well-known Fenway Park. Later in the evening, they’ll be able to watch the Red Sox play a game against the Chicago White Sox. Travelers will depart at their leisure from Boston on Tuesday, rounding out the end of the trip.
Learn more about the Induction Plus trip.