Baseball Roundtable’s 2016 World Series Recap

Baseball Roundtable’s Game 7 Summary: It’s over, the Chicago Cubs 108-year World Championship drought has come to an end – in a Game Seven that had more twists and turns than a carnival ride.  The Cubs topped the Cleveland Indians (whose own World Series Championship drought now stretches to 69 seasons) 8-7 in ten innings.  Was it a “classic” Game Seven?  No, I’ll leave that designation for games like Jack Morris’ ten-inning complete game shutout that brought the 1991 World … Continue reading →

2017 35th Anniversary Trips – A Word from Julian

Bleacher Bums XXXV – August 3-6

Well, it didn’t take long for the World Champs to squeeze out the little guy.  The Tour Operator was ‘shocked’ to find out that there will be no group tix sold for the original weekend picked for the 35th Anniversary Tour. Yeah, yeah, yeah – the fact we’ve been watching baseball & a lot of bad baseball for 35 years at Wrigley & that we were traveling 350 miles didn’t matter.

Mark the calendar for 8/3 – 8/6. We hit Chicago, Beloit, and Appleton.



2017 Ballpark Tours 35th Anniversary Trip


It was 35 years ago, a band of ‘sports guerrillas’ took off on a bus to watch baseball as ‘God meant it to be played – outdoors!’  

This year we mimic that ground-breaking adventure, except we’re skipping Bud’s pleasure palace in Milwaukee.

Bleacher Bums XXXV       August 3-6

Beloit – Chicago (2) – Appleton
Kicks off with stop at Leinenkugel Brewery – 3 nights Chicago Hotel Indigo
2 Cubs/Nationals games @ World Champions prices
Peoria Chiefs/Beloit Snappers – Cedar Rapids Kernels/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers


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Bleacher Bums XXXIV 2016 Recap

Bleacher Bums XXXIV has wrapped. Below is the “Official” recap of the trip.

You can also see David Karpinski’s daily diary from Baseball Roundtable here.

Tennessee Three Step August 12–21, 2016

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!!!!

10 DAYS • 7 CITIES • 2,516 miles • 9 Games • 82 innings

Peoria • Memphis • Nashville • Chattanooga • Marion • Kansas City • Des Moines

5 Leagues—American • Midwest • Southern • Pacific Coast • Frontier

7 Rivers—Mississippi • Illinois • Cumberland • Tennessee • Missouri • Ohio • Racoon

2nd Rainout* in BPT history – 2 rain delays – 2 lights out delays – 2 fireworks washouts

Hitting the streets—Beale St. – 18th & Vine – Printers Alley – Honkytonk Highway

Blues – Brews – Barbeque – Breakfast Buffets – BASEBALL

Music – Museums – Music – STEPS – Music

Monsoons – Moon Pies – Maid Rites

On-board Bloody Mary & Mimosa stations — A little Tequila not before 11

Da Rev’s Blessing & Sacrament of the Smelly Fish – Phil DeBowle – Book Swap – K-Kwiz

Cup Game – 1991 World Series –Some old-time ‘rassling’

An All Veteran Crew seeming to appear and disappear along the way

3 musical chairs/exercise ball on field events – Pat Cunningham ‘took the box’

Hamburger Races – Fighting Eyeballs – Elvis Impersonators – Marion $1 Beers
Johnny Cash vs George Jones vs Reba McEntire Race – Bob’s souvenir stash grows

KC Disco Hat – Memphis Free Hat(s) – Julian’s Panama Hat

Return of Larry-Award-winning bartender – 5 games 8-4 – Who’s got the runs?

Artist on board creates 1st “BPT-branded” greeting card



Calvin: Baseball’s Last Dinosaur – A Review

Check out Baseball Roundtable’s review of the newly revised book “Calvin: Baseball’s Last Dinosaur.” Calvin – Baseball’s Last Dinosaur is ostensibly about Calvin Griffith and his 30-year tenure at the helm of the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins. But it really is about much more. It is about the Griffith family’s passion for the national pastime; it is about family loyalties and family turmoil; it’s a true rags-to-riches story; and it is a tale about the changes wrought by the ending of … Continue reading →

Bleacher Bums XXXIV 2016


Tennessee Three Step
Bleacher Bums XXXIV   Aug 12 – 21

10 days – 7 cities – 10 games – 2 nights in Memphis, Nashville, & KC!!!!
Peoria – Memphis– Nashville – Chattanooga – Marion – Kansas City – Des Moines
American – Midwest – Southern – Pacific Coast – Frontier (Leagues)
Bandits/Chiefs – Raniers/Redbirds – Aces/Sounds – Biscuits/LookoutsGrizzles/Miners
Twins/Royals – Sounds/Cubs

Tennessee has long been on the Ballpark Tours ‘target list’ with 7 minor league teams & the great cities of Memphis & Nashville. The Tennessee Three Step is your chance to experience it with 2 night stays in Memphis & Nashville & a jaunt to see the Twins ‘future’ in Chattanooga. We wrap it up with two Twins/Royals late season tilts & 2 nights in KC.

For photos and updates from the trip check out Baseball Roundtable or our official Facebook page.

Photo gallery and trip recap coming soon!

Above photo: Iowa Cubs (Des Moines) Cubs AAA  from our 2014 trip.

September Pennant Run 2016

wrig_bptSeptember 22-25, 2016
Cubs/Cards Clash in Wrigley (2)
Pirates/Brewers in Miller Park

The Wrap – Is this the Year?!
Milwaukee – Chicago

Veteran Crew – 4 pre-departure Larry nominations – ‘not a tight schedule’ – Tyranena Brewery – Miller Park (sucks)-70 degrees but closed roof – The Bud Selig Experience – Palmer House – Wrigley matinee – Arrieta dominates – Wrigley Field construction/destruction – right field Italian Sausages – 3 /5/4 DP – Billy Goat Tavern – panhandlers – Maggie Daley Park – Red Line – Wrigley Nooner – grounds crew work – Cards dominate –panhandlers – marriage proposal – pinch hit on 1-2 count? – Berghoff – Shaw’s – Second City – Shepard & panhandlers – late check out – Maus House – rain storm – sweats needed for awards