Driving approx. 30 miles one way to the stadium; about 1 hour. Please bring everything you wish to take with you for the day to the lecture. Walking approximately 1/2 mile at the stadium, some stairs.
In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs and omelets cooked to order, breakfast meats, oatmeal, fruit, and toast, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.
Throughout the program, we’ll meet wonderful baseball personalities who have intimate and often long histories with the game. Sports writer Charlie Vascellaro will join us and provide unique perspectives on baseball history and personalities. In addition to his lifelong love of baseball, Charlie is a bibliophile, historian, raconteur, traveler, and author of a biography on Hank Aaron. Charlie took part in his first Road Scholar program in 2004 and has been a regular guest ever since, delighting our folks with Spring Training chronicles. Following our presentation, we’ll transfer to the stadium for our first game.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at the ballpark. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Game 1! We’ll enjoy our first game of the week as the Cubs prepare to get back to their 2016 World Series form. Our program was planned far in advance when details of games were not confirmed. When available, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. The Cactus League was launched in 1946. There are now 15 teams that practice and play in a relatively tight radius surrounding Phoenix, Arizona. From MLB.com: “It is here where the ballparks are surrounded by mesas, rock formations and cacti. It is here where stars stretch and hit and throw and play games in the laid-back atmosphere of Minor League-sized parks with beautiful, warm and frequently sunny backdrops.” After the game, we’ll transfer back to the hotel.
We’ll then settle into the hotel conference room to enjoy a presentation from the official scorer for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and president of the Arizona Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He has also served as an expert witness for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the field of sports memorabilia and has written numerous published articles on baseball and baseball history. A baseball trivia fanatic, our expert’s stories and insights are enthralling.