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Chicago Cubs: Arizona Spring Training Baseball

Program Number: 7196RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,080.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Baseball Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 10; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

In 1908 the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Will 2015 be the year they do it again, or come close? Join the bandwagon as the Cubs try to end “the drought,” beginning in the intimate and casual atmosphere of Arizona’s Cactus League. Study the game’s history with a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, sing along with the official organist of the Arizona Diamondbacks, enjoy tall tales of legends past, and discuss Cubs’ greats like Ryne Sandberg. In 2014 the Cubs opened their new baseball complex in Mesa, a destination in its own right.




Highlights

• Enjoy a variety of ballparks and “America’s Favorite Pastime” during four spring training games.
• Meet retired players (including a former Cub) and hear from a sportswriter on how he conveys the beat of the game.
• Go behind the scenes of one of major league baseball’s most innovative ballparks, Chase Field, regular-season home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a ½ mile; stairs at ballparks. Games attended are dependent on Cactus League schedule, which is finalized in December.



Lunch during day games or dinner during night games on your own at the ball parks. Schedule permitting enjoy at least 3 games with your team, 4 total. It is rare that teams take a day off in spring training, but if it should occur we will substitute another game of interest. Arizona is a sunny state so please note that while we request seats in the shade, we occasionally will be in the sun. For best group seating, register by Dec. 1, 2014.




Date Specific Information

3-1-2015

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Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Phoenix

Phoenix is a thriving metropolis surrounded by majestic mountains. Along with the visual beauty of the land, the city has a rich heritage of Native American and Hispanic cultures. Native American and western expansion influences are seen in the art and architecture of Phoenix, and an abundance of museums and art galleries showcase the culture.



Accommodations
Centrally located hotel with outdoor pool. Free airport shuttle.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
  Phoenix, AZ 5 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Type: Hotel
  Description: Discover contemporary conveniences at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this hotel is convenient to freeways, light rail transportation and downtown Phoenix.
  Contact info: 3838 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-phoenix-airport-north-PHXANGI/index.html
  Room amenities: The Garden Sleep SystemT, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Complimentary WiFi access, LCD Flat Panel TV, TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Safe, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, air conditioners.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle. 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access, Photo Copying Service and Printer. Fitness center and outdoor pool, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Lounge, Coin Laundry, Elevators.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for rates. Hotel is offering a discount off the best available rate for our clients. In order to get this discount you must contact the group sales manager, Crystal Peters, direct. Her contact info: Phone: 602-293-0338; email: crystal.peters@hilton.com. Do note that this hotel sells out regularly during March - April period so if you are staying during that time period make your bookings well in advance.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for rates. Hotel is offering a discount off the best available rate for our clients. In order to get this discount you must contact the group sales manager, Crystal Peters, direct. Her contact info: Phone: 602-293-0338; email: crystal.peters@hilton.com. Do note that this hotel sells out regularly during March - April period so if you are staying during that time period make your bookings well in advance.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Drop in registration in the hotel lobby between 4:30 - 5:15 PM. Program orientation begins at 5:30 PM followed by dinner. Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00pm You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North that night.
  End of Program:
Following porogram wrap up at 9:30 AM. Hotel check out by noon. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix
  Nearest highway: I-17 North-South and Loop 101
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 602-306-2323

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Travel time from airport and hotel upon shuttle pick up is 12 minutes. 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

Upon arrival - Call Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North once you have retrieved your luggage in the baggage claim area. Return shuttles from the hotel to the airport run every hour and half hour (24 hours a day).

 
Driving Directions
  California to Hilton Garden Airport North Entering Arizona head east on I-10 E, 152 mi. Take exit 147A to merge onto AZ-202 Loop E, 2.6 mi. Take exit 2 for 40th St toward 44th St, 0.3 mi. Turn right onto N 40th St, 0.5 mi. Take the 3rd right onto E Van Buren St.
  From the Airport to Hilton Garden Airport North Take East Airport exit to 44th Street north to Van Buren. Left on Van Buren to hotel.
  Tuscon to Hilton Garden Airport North Take the I-10 into Phoenix. Take exit 153A to merge onto AZ-143 N toward Sky Harbor, 2.7 mi. Take the Washington St exit, 0.3 mi. Slight right at E Washington St (signs for Washington Street), 92 ft. Take the 1st left onto E Washington St, 0.3 mi. Take the 2nd right onto N 44th St, 0.2 mi. Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto E Van Buren St.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, March 1)
   
 Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM adjacent to the hotel lobby. Hotel rooms available after 3:00 PM, early arrivals will only be able to get rooms if they call ahead and pre-arrange.

Please note, this itinerary is TENTATIVE and schedules are likely to change. The following itinerary is based off of last years schedule and it is our intention to bring in a few new presenters to enhance the program for returning participants. If a game is rained out, while very unlikely, there is no refund but an alternative activity will be presented.
 Afternoon: Beginning at 5:30 PM we will have our Orientation and Introductions. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and an opportunity to get to know each other during introductions.
 Dinner: Following our orientation we will have dinner at the hotel. Meals are typically buffet service and entrées vary nightly. Vegetarian and gluten free options for those that enroll as such.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cactus League from a Writers Perspective/Game 1/Baseball history
(Monday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as omelette's cooked to order. Be sure to allow enough time to enjoy your breakfast and coffee and be on time for your morning class!
 Morning: We start the program with a presentation from Charlie Vascellaro. Charlie gave his first Road Scholar program in 2004 and has been a regular component ever since. Charlie will delight you with his "Tales of the Cactus League," an historical documentary slide show chronicling the history of spring training in Arizona and Charlie's own experience moving to Arizona from New York as a teenager and how discovering the Cactus League changed his life and led to a career as baseball and travel writer. Part history and part personal narrative Charlie shares his experiences and stories as a baseball writer and his inside perspective of the game
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.
 Afternoon: Game 1! Cactus league schedule is typically finalized in December at which time we will update the locations and teams.
 Dinner: Following our orientation we will have dinner at the hotel. Meals are typically buffet service and entrées vary nightly. Vegetarian and gluten free options for those that enroll as such.
 Evening: Jerry Kindall will provide a one-of-a-kind baseball themed talk for you. Jerry is a baseball historian with more stories to share than blades of grass on a baseball diamond.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Chase Stadium tour/Game 2
(Tuesday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as omelette's cooked to order.
 Morning: Another talk with Jerry Kindall. A baseball "lifer" with 56 consecutive years in the game beginning as a College All American, Jerry spent 8 years as a major league infielder with the Cubs, Indians, and Twins, and 30 years as a college coach including 3 NCAA College World Series Championships. Jerry is a baseball historian who will discuss the history, legends (focus on Cubs), and charm of the game
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Jerry Kindall continues on with his morning talk. More antidotes of his days with the Cubs.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own at the stadium.
 Evening: Game 2! Cactus league schedule is typically finalized in December at which time we will update the locations and teams.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: AZ Dbacks organist/Game 3
(Wednesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as omelette's cooked to order.
 Morning: Meet Bobby Freeman, longtime organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Enjoy a performance and sing-a-long of some ballpark classics and laugh as Bobby shares his personal story and favorite moments. When the Diamondbacks rallied to take the 2001 world series from the Yankees in seven games could it be that Bobby was the catalyst?
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at ballpark.
 Afternoon: Game 3! Cactus league schedule is typically finalized in December at which time we will update the locations and teams.
 Dinner: Dinner back at the hotel following the game.
 Evening: Meet Low Klimchock, former MLB player and current President of The Arizona Major League Alumni Association. Full of stories and anecdotes, Lou provides great insight into player development and what it takes to "make it to the show".
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Chase Field tour/Game 4/Baseball Movie
(Thursday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as omelette's cooked to order.
 Morning: A special tour of the state-of-the art Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Stadium offers an opportunity to explore the dugout, locker room and museum at the ball field. Built in 1998, Chase field is a technological marvel with its retractable roof and 1,300,000 square feet of space. Go behind the scenes where the managers, players, and reporters go about their business.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 4! Cactus league schedule is typically finalized in December at which time we will update the locations and teams.
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant. Entrees will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option for those that enroll with that option.
 Evening: Tonight we relax a bit from our action filled week to enjoy a classic baseball themed movie.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap Up
(Friday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as omelette's cooked to order.
 Morning: Wrap up and goodbyes. Program concludes by 9:30 AM with hotel check-out by 11:00 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Ball Four


Author: Jim Bouton


Description: When first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still considered a classic baseball related read.



Game Time: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell,


Author: Roger Angell,


Description: In Game Time, Roger Angell’s essays illuminate baseball’s heart and history in careful prose that New Yorker readers have grown to anticipate each spring. The collection spans the forty-plus years of Angell’s baseball writing career and includes many of his favorite pieces as well as never-before-published material.



Moneyball


Author: Michael Lewis


Description: Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, is leading a revolution. Reinventing his team on a budget, he needs to outsmart the richer teams. He signs undervalued players whom the scouts consider flawed but who have a knack for getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games. Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball and a tale of the search for new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.



October 1964


Author: David Halberstam


Description: Sometimes the best sports books are not really sports books, as is the case with David Halberstam's brilliant "October 1964", which tells the story of a changing America through the microcosm of two very different baseball teams. Halberstam, one of the great living American writers, concentrates on events that occurred during tumultuous times. Halberstam examines the loser of the 1964 World Series, the New York Yankees, who represent the old America, and the winners, the St. Louis Cardinals, who represent the new.



SATCHEL: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye


Author: Larry Tye


Description: He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy “Satchel” Paige. Tye shows Paige barnstorming across America and growing into the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues, a marvel who set records so eye-popping they seemed like misprints, and spent as much money as he made. In unprecedented detail, Tye reveals how Paige, hurt and angry when Jackie Robinson beat him to the Majors, emerged at the age of forty-two to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. He threw his last pitch from a big-league mound at an improbable fifty-nine. (“Age is a case of mind over matter,” he said. “If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”)



Shoeless Joe


Author: W. P. Kinsella


Description: W. P. Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy in his lyrical novel, which was adapted into the enormously popular movie, Field of Dreams. It begins with the magic of a godlike voice in a cornfield, and ends with the magic of a son playing catch with the ghost of his father



The Boys of Summer


Author: Roger Kahn


Description: "At a point in life when one is through with boyhood, but has not yet discovered how to be a man, it was my fortune to travel with the most marvelously appealing of teams." Sentimental because it holds such promise, and bittersweet because that promise is past, the first sentence of this masterpiece of sporting literature, first published in the early '70s, sets its tone. What follows only gets better, deeper, more sentimental, and more bittersweet. The team, of course, is the mid-20th-century Brooklyn Dodgers, the team of Robinson and Snyder and Hodges and Reese, a team of great triumph and historical import composed of men whose fragile lives were filled with dignity and pathos.



The Brothers K


Author: David James Duncan


Description: While this is not a pure "baseball book", baseball provides the central metaphor for this huge hypnotic novel. It is a stunning work: a complex tapestry of family tensions, baseball, politics and religion, by turns hilariously funny and agonizingly sad. The novel is narrated by Kincaid Chance, the youngest son in a family of six, the children of Hugh Chance, a discouraged minor-league ballplayer whose once-promising career was curtained by an industrial accident, and his wife Laura, an increasingly fanatical Seventh-Day Adventist. The plot traces the working-out of the family's fate from the beginning of the Eisenhower years through the traumas of Vietnam.



Wait Till Next Year - A Memoir


Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin


Description: When historian Goodwin was six years old, her father taught her how to keep score for "their" team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. While this activity forged a lifelong bond between father and daughter, her mother formed an equally strong relationship with her through the shared love of reading. Goodwin recounts some wonderful stories in this coming-of-age tale about both her family and an era when baseball truly was the national pastime that brought whole communities together.



Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend


Author: James S Hirsch


Description: This is the definitive Mays biography. Mays was a transcendent figure who received standing ovations in enemy stadiums and who, during the turbulent civil rights era, urged understanding and reconciliation. More than his records, his legacy is defined by the pure joy that he brought to fans and the loving memories that have been passed to future generations so they might know the magic and beauty of the game. With meticulous research and drawing on interviews with Mays himself as well as with close friends, family, and teammates, Hirsch presents a brilliant portrait of one of America’s most significant cultural icons.





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