Bleacher Bums XXXV Recap

August 3 – 6 2017  Beloit – Chicago – Appleton  Chiefs/Snappers – Nationals/Cubs – Kernels/Timber Rattlers  “ I hope I never see you again” Cole Tomfour lovingly said to Tour Operator Rain … Great Ballpark Tour Swag … Rain … The “Bar” continues to rise, with premium cognac shots and a Bloody Mary Station on day one …Rain …Associate Pope recreates “the loaves and fishes”… Rain … Niemiec Clan… “I’m only gonna say this once (line Nazi at Lienie’s) … … Continue reading →

Cuba – The Diamonds To Our South II 2017


In 2015, Ballpark Tours had the opportunity to witness, and partici­pate in, the passion and joy that the Cuban people bring to their food and festivals, their music and libations, and especially, their base­ball. We quickly discovered that a ball, a bat, and a smile were part of a universal language shared by baseball fans of all cultures.

Our Cuban adventure was a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or so we thought. The fact is, the trip was just too good to be a one-time event. So, we’re going back this November. The window for travel to Cuba is open (for the time being) and Ballpark Tours is again offering you the opportunity to enjoy Cuba—it’s sights, sounds, tastes and culture—all based on a shared love of baseball.

Our trip will include plenty of on-field action and a variety of activities promoting interaction with the Cuban people. As with our first trip to the “Diamonds to our South,” we will be creating lifelong memories Ballpark Tours-style. Unete a nuestra aventura Cubana de beisbol!

Join us for an adventure of a lifetime.


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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!’  

The bus is full, check back for photos and updates from the trip.

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


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

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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



CUBA: The Diamonds To Our South – Recap

Ballpark Tours ■ December 4 to 14, 2015 Diamonds to Our South 7 Cities 10 Days Miami/Havana/Pinar Del Rio Santa Clara/Trinidad/Cienfuegos/Vinales Stats: 1,343 miles by bus ■ 3,396 miles by air Award Winners: Larry: Nick ■ Pacer: Danny ■ MVP: David / Largest Rookie Class – 11 Quotes of Note: “One for me, one for road, and another.”- Mary ■ “I’ll meet you in the first bar past security.”- Danny Day 1. Miami. Pre-game Festivities. Friday, December 4 6-hour tour … Continue reading →

David Brauer’s Cuba Photo Gallery

Charlie Kath’s Photos – Cuba December 2015

Bleacher Bums XXXIII: August 5-11, 2015

Bleacher Bums XXXIII: August 5 – August 11 Rock & Roll Adventure: Schaumburg – Chicago – Cleveland – Detroit – Chicago Miners/Boomers Giants/Cubs Twins/Indians Bosox/Tigers Angels/Chisox 6 nights – 6 games – Play time in Chicago & Cleveland – Microbrewery Escapade(s) Bleacher Bums XXXIII is now in the books. Check out Dave Karpinski’s excellent recap on his Baseball Roundtable site. Notes – Quotes – Whatnots Schaumburg – Chicago – Cleveland – Detroit – Chicago Miners/Boomers – Giants/Cubs – Twins/Indians – Bosox/Tigers … Continue reading →

Minor League Meander June 2015

Minor League Meander: June 26 – 27 – 28 Omaha – Sioux Falls – Des Moines Omaha Storm Chasers / Round Rock Express Sioux City Explorers / Amarillo Sox Iowa Cubs / New Orleans Zephyrs Trip Recap Minor League Meander – June 26 – 27 – 28 Notes – Quotes – Whatnots Omaha – Sioux City – Des Moines Storm Chasers/Express Explorers/Sox Cubs/Zephyrs ‘don’t park on new pavement’ – “Larry” Bailey finally shows – Full Bloody Mary Bar – Associate Pope – Nomar Garciapara … Continue reading →