Twenty-five years ago, Rich O’Malley combined his two great loves – sports and travel – into one “superhobby,” launching a lifelong dream of seeing a home game for every franchise in American professional sports.
Ever watch a big game on TV and say, “I would give anything to be there right now”? For Rich O’Malley that desire turned into a quest that plopped him down in hundreds of bleachers and box seats.
Once Rich had swept through all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, he focused on a bigger prize: seeing a home game for all 123 teams in the four major U.S. pro sports leagues – MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL.
This is the story of Rich’s pursuit of that goal. It begins with his childhood roots as a fan and takes you back to relive some of the most historic – and just plain unbelievable – moments he’s experienced firsthand.
It culminates in a 25,000-mile, two-month whirlwind tour Rich undertook to fulfill his dream.
Throughout, he contemplates the qualities that unite fans – even rivals. Rich weaves this concept into the story, encouraging readers to reminisce about favorite memories and hoping to inspire their own adventure.
“Some of us keep an envelope of old ticket stubs, O'Malley would need a hammock. Follow along as he zig zags across North America to check off the ultimate sports fan bucket list. What most of us have only heard about in legend or seen on TV—like the roar of the 12th Man in Seattle—O'Malley has seen firsthand. And from Black Friday at the Mall of America to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, he serves up a bit of Americana with every stop. His journey will have readers itching to take a sports quest of their own." – Sarah Spain, ESPN
|Publisher:||Post Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
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Table of Contents
Spring Training: A Fan Is Born 9
Opening Day: All Roads Lead to Roam 17
Pregame Warmups: Run So as to Win 26
First Inning: "Rags" To Riches 30
Top of the Second Inning: Out on the Tiles 47
Bottom of the Second Inning: This Is Crazy, This Is Crazy, This Is Crazy 56
Top of the Third Inning: "… Through the Lincoln Tunnel!" 78
Bottom of the Third Inning: Love Walks In… and the Bill Comes Due 89
Fourth Inning: Get on the Bus! 98
Fifth Inning: Fields of Dreams…and Nightmares 117
Sixth Inning: Bittersweet Symphony 152
Seventh Inning: I Hate You! (Please Don't Ever Leave Me!) 172
Seventh-Inning Stretch: Stadium Chasers' Dirty Little Secret 185
Eighth Inning: My Team Is on the Floor 195
Ninth Inning: Enter Sandman 207
Extra Innings: The Happy Recap 239
Monday Morning Quarterback: Epilogue and Acknowledgments 242
Box Score: A complete list of Rich's "first" games for each franchise 248
About the Author 251