Our Baseball Legends voyage can easily be considered the next best thing to scoring a VIP seat at your favorite stadium. Where else do you have the opportunity to cruise through America's Heartland and interact with some of Major League Baseball's living legends? Sit back and enjoy an in-depth journey through the highs and lows of America's favorite pastime. Batter up!
Al Clark is regarded as one of the most unbiased Major League umpires in the history of baseball. In his 26-year career, Clark officiated 3,392 major league games including three American League Division Series, five American League Championship Series, two All-Star Games and two World Series.
Ron Blomberg made his career debut playing for the New York Yankees in 1969 and later became the MLB's first "Designated Hitter." A pure athlete, Blomberg was offered 125 basketball scholarships and 100 football scholarships, but passed up collegiate sports to be the Yankees’ first pick overall in the 1967 amateur draft.
Art Shamsky began his big league career when he signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965. When he retired in 1972, his career batting average was .253 with 68 home runs. Shamsky received national attention as a clutch hitting star of the 1969 World Series Champions, the Miracle Mets. He batted .538 in the National League Championship Series against Atlanta, helping the Mets sweep the favored Braves. Shamsky was inducted into the New York Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
Fritz Peterson got his big league break as a lefty pitcher for the New York Yankees in 1966 and remained with the team until 1974 at which time he started with the Cleveland Indians. After two years with the Indians, Peterson enjoyed a short stint with the Texas Rangers before retiring in 1976. Peterson had the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in the American League in 1969 and 1970 and also led the league in fewest walks per 9 innings pitched 5 years in a row, 1968-1972.
Dan Schlossberg, former Associated Press newsman, is the author of 35 baseball books, including The 300 Club: Have We Seen the Last of Baseball’s 300-Game Winners and Designated Hebrew: the Ron Blomberg Story. He hosts Thursday night podcasts on baseball — called Braves Banter — and travel (Travel Itch Radio) and is a frequent speaker on baseball. Dan has created and coordinated 24 previous baseball theme cruises, including several aboard the Mississippi Queen. Dan’s next book, due later this year, is Nothing to Hide: My Journey from the Big Leagues to the Big House, written with former umpire Al Clark. Dan is a native of the Bronx and was raised in Passaic, N.J. He resides in northern North Jersey.