Four-Day Tauck Event in Cooperstown Explores Baseball's Heritage and Includes Tickets to Hall of Fame's 75th Anniversary Gala Concert
Avid baseball fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate America's "national pastime" this summer with the help of filmmaker Ken Burns, singer Paul Simon and former major league players including Phil Niekro at "The Tauck Baseball Event" in Cooperstown, New York. The special four-day Tauck event, from July 31 - August 3, will coincide with the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's special 75th anniversary concert, where Tauck guests will enjoy premier seating in Rows 3 and 4. Headlining the concert will be Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Paul Simon, with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and former Yankees great and noted jazz guitarist Bernie Williams and others also scheduled to perform.
The "Tauck Baseball Event" has been co-crafted by Tauck and Ken Burns, the filmmaker whose PBS documentary Baseball garnered widespread acclaim, earned nearly 20 different awards and award nominations, and spawned a sequel, The Tenth Inning. Besides premier seating at the Hall of Fame anniversary concert, another notable highlight of the event is a private, "after-hours" evening inside the National Baseball Hall of Fame that includes the opportunity to tour its exhibits, a keynote address by Ken Burns, and the chance for attendees to meet and mingle with Burns during a cocktail reception.
Former major league players attending the Tauck event include Baseball Hall of Fame member Phil Niekro. Nicknamed "Knucksie" for his famed knuckleball, Niekro won 318 games during a 24-year career spent pitching for the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays. Tauck guests won't just meet Niekro, however, they'll also have the unique chance to take a swing at his famed knuckleball when Knucksie takes the mound during a private pick-up game and catered lunch (both open only to Tauck guests) at Cooperstown's iconic Doubleday Field.
Other former major league players will also be on hand (the full "roster" is currently being finalized), including 80-year-old Lois Youngen who will discuss her days as a catcher and outfielder in the 1950s-era women's baseball leagues. Also highlighting the event are guided, themed, small-group sightseeing tracks, and special lectures by baseball experts including author Daniel Okrent. Featured prominently in both of the Ken Burns baseball films, Okrent is also the inventor of Rotisserie League or "Fantasy" Baseball.
America's Pastime With America's Storyteller
Burns is the perfect partner to help Tauck craft an in-depth baseball event, noted company CEO Dan Mahar. "Ken's knowledge of baseball is incredible; that's obvious to anyone who's watched Baseball or its follow-up, The Tenth Inning," said Mahar. "But what makes Ken unique are the broader perspectives on America that he's gained through all of his other films, which allow him to view the sport within the larger context of American culture and history. Who better to help us tell the story of America's pastime than Ken Burns, 'America's storyteller?'"
According to Burns, the same elements that prompted him to create two films about baseball also make the sport a great basis for a Tauck travel experience. "So many of the things that have shaped America are also reflected in baseball, from race relations to women's rights to multiculturalism," said Burns. "And baseball reveals the best and the worst in us while ultimately celebrating the human spirit. Baseball is about greed and scandal, but it's also about teamwork and poise under pressure. It's about sorrow and disappointment, but it's also about perennial optimism and hard-won triumph. Baseball is truly a mirror in which we can all see pieces of ourselves and our own experiences reflected."
Guests attending the Tauck Baseball Event will spend three nights in Cooperstown at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the resort overlooks Otesaga Lake and is approximately a half-mile from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Included in the price (from $$4,390 per person, double occupancy, plus air) are all daytime activities and evening festivities, all meals, all gratuities, airport transfers and ground transportation, and much more. Tauck is also providing each guest with a complimentary membership to the Baseball Hall of Fame, allowing them unlimited free visits to the Hall throughout the course of the event.
Those interested in learning more can visit their local travel professional, call Tauck at 1 800 468 2825, or visit www.tauck.com.