ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Albany Trolleys are taking passengers for a first-hand experience focused on Albany's Baseball History -- past, present and future.The tour will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, at Ristorante Paradiso, corner of Robin Street and Central Avenue. Paradiso Owner Matt Daskalakis, a former professional baseball player with the Albany Senators in the 1950s, will describe the differences between baseball of the ‘50s and today. Mr. Daskalakis was the Senators' first baseman when the team won the Eastern League championship in 1954. The Trolley will then depart on this special tour, narrated by Bill "Rip" Rowan -- baseball historian, former television sports commentator and current senior advisor to the Tri-City Valley Cats. He also served as the vice president and general manager of the Albany-Colonie Yankees. The Trolley tour includes a visit to Bleecker Stadium (home of the Albany Dutchmen and the Albany Twilight League), the site of the former Hawkins Stadium in Menands (where New York Yankee Babe Ruth played the Senators in 1931 and hit two home runs) and Troy's Joe Bruno Stadium to visit the dug outs and run the Valley Cats' bases. The tour also will pass by the former Plaza Grill (now Franklin's Tower) where "The Babe" hoisted a few in the 1940s. The tour will return to Paradiso for a baseball lunch (hot dogs and other ball park staples) and time for a question-and-answer session with Mr. Rowan and Mr. Daskalakis. Reservations are required. Ticket prices are $22 for adults and $18 for children ages 4-12. To make a reservation online, visit www.albanyaquaducks.com. Reservations also may be made by calling 518-462-3825.
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