38 Baseball Fans Inducted After Completing the "Journey Of A Lifetime"


Travelers were honored with induction into the Sports Travel and Tours Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame.
This past July, some very devoted baseball fans were inducted into the Sports Travel and Tours Stadium Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in Cooperstown, NY and coincided with The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend.
Twelve ago years ago, Sports Travel and Tours (STAT) of Hatfield, MA 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 was 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. This year, 38 fans were inducted into the STAT Hall of Fame,” said Weybrew.
“Inductees come from all over our country and beyond,” said Christopher J. Switzer, Creative Director for Sports Travel and Tours. “We have inductees from Tennessee and Ohio, Florida and Missouri, 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.”
2013 Inductee Merle Freeman explained the reason her induction meant 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’s travels gave her what most fans receive from these trips– 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 or call 800-662-4424.
About Sports Travel and Tours
Founded in 1996, Sports Travel and Tours is a national tour operator based in Hatfield, 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.

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First Paulaner Bar in U.S. opens in Boston’s Celebrated TD Garden

BOSTON –  Hockey, basketball, concerts and other events just got a bit more culture, and a bit more fun. The first ever Paulaner Bar in the United States opened its doors last week in New England’s premier sports and entertainment arena, TD Garden.


 Thirsty sports and event goers can now enjoy Paulaner biers in an authentic and unique atmosphere.  The new digs were custom built in Germany and then shipped over in order to provide patrons an authentic, modern German exerience. Everything from the custom-made copper and brass draught towers to the Oak and Maple-topped tables and chairs mirror those of Paulaner’s traditional bars and restaurants that are located throughout Munich today. 

“TD Garden North Station has annual foot traffic exceeding 8 million people,” said Joe O’Grady, vice president at Paulaner HP USA. “The opportunity for the Paulaner brand to be seen by this volume of people  in our target demographic is a perfect fit for us. These commuters and event attendees not only are able to see the Paulaner brand, they also have the opportunity to try our beers in an authentic and enjoyable setting.”

Paulaner Bar is full service and currently features five styles of authentic Paulaner draught biers - Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Paulaner Pils, Paulaner Munich Lager, PaulanerSalvator - as well as three from Munich’s Hacker-Pschorr Brewery including, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Dark and Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold. The menu complements the brews, and offers freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, pretzels and chips.

The Paulaner Bar is conveniently located on the train platform in North Station, perfect for meeting before and after Bruins games, Celtic games, and all other TD Garden events. The Bar is open:  

Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (And open until 10:30 p.m. on Bruins and Celtics game nights)

Saturday from noon – 4:00 p.m. (And open three hours before and one hour after on Bruins and Celtic game days)

The Bar will also be open on Sundays when there is a game, concert or other TD Garden event.  (Three hours before event and open until one hour after).  For more information on Paulaner Bar at TD Garden go





This NFL Superstar Is Helping Others Live Their Dream By Being An Ambassador For Education

Las Vegas, NV - Steven R. Jackson is one of the NFL’s most personable players – easily recognizable by his dreadlocks and unique fashion style. Player 39 on the team of the St. Louis Rams, he finished his rookie season with 643 yards and 4 touchdowns, and 19 receptions for 189 yards. In 2008 Jackson signed a six-year, $44.8 million contract with the Rams.

The youngest of three children, raised by parents who taught him solid values, Jackson spent his childhood in Las Vegas going to church, as he says, “from Sunday to Sunday.” An excellent student who was more likely to be found with his books than on the playing field; a poem he wrote at age ten told the story of a much bigger dream he had in mind – playing in the NFL!

After being selected as first running back in the 2004 NFL draft and spending almost a decade in the League, getting a good education is still crucial to Steven Jackson and is why he created the Steven Jackson Foundation. The focus of the foundation is literacy and developing strong educational values among youth. A native of Las Vegas, Jackson wants to help change the near 50% high school drop-out rate in that area. “Me being from there, I wanted to encourage students to stay in school, to not take the easy way out and feel like there’s no future in education,” Jackson said. “There are so many possibilities. The longer you stay in school as you approach your undergrad not only do you mature as a person, but you meet people that turn out to be lifelong friends. You don’t want them to miss out on those opportunities and earning that education and I believe a lot of kids judge me as a solid foundation, where they feel that they have the support and people that care.”

2009 went down as one of SJ39’s best seasons yet when he crossed the 1,000 yard barrier for the fifth straight year and, after surgery on a herniated disc, he was ready in 2010 to take the Rams back into playoff contention. He did – and eclipsed 1,000 yards on the ground for a sixth straight season; a mark reached by only ten other running backs before him. The rest, as they say, is history…

In 2009, SJ39 released the highly praised web documentary “In the Life” – a three-part look at his life and the path that led him to become one of the NFL’s brightest stars. He sent waves over the web when he released the second in the series, giving viewers never-before-released details about him. Drawing rave reviews, the series earned a Webby nomination for Best Online Sports video, competing with ESPN, the Los Angeles Times, Major League Baseball and the Onion - proving once again that whatever Jackson turns his hand to, it’s successful.

If you ask Jackson the proudest moment in his professional life he will tell you it was in Tampa Bay when he passed all-time great and Hall-of-Famer Eric Dickerson, to move into first on the Rams career rushing list with 7,248 yards. In his personal life, foremost would be his pride in his young son and, secondly, in the Steve Jackson Foundation.

Success goes way beyond personal fame with Jackson – he gave his team hope that what was once years away now seemed attainable. Typical of this exemplary role model is that while he was being selected to be in the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, he was also being recognized in his hometown for his many charitable efforts. In addition, Steven was featured in ESPN The Magazine's third annual Body Issue - the only NFL player to receive this unique distinction. Any way you look at it, the future could not be brighter for Steven Jackson.

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