Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, New York in 1923. In that first game Babe Ruth hit a home run and the new ballpark was dubbed ‘The House the Ruth Built’. We have been planning a trip to watch a game in all 30 Major League Stadiums for three years but only recently has it occurred to us that this could be about something larger than ourselves. As we visit each ballpark this summer we will be holding a fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity. Thus, we have dubbed the tour ‘The Houses that Erik and Peter Built’.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Erik is a lifelong Brewers fan. As a kid, Erik would go to County Stadium with his family for every Bat Day, Helmet Day, and Glove Day. Erik fell out of touch with baseball when his childhood heroes Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, and Jim Gantner retired but the Great Home Run Chase of 1998 reignited his passion. Following high school, Erik bounced around to three colleges. As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Erik became involved with the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. With this group Erik traveled to Portland, OR and Baltimore, MD to work on construction projects and help the group raise $25,000 to partially sponsor a house in Milwaukee. Also at UWM, Erik met Peter Nagel. The two attended their first Brewers game together during Opening Weekend 2003. Despite their failure to ignite the coals at their first tailgate, the two had a blast and were soon making weekly trips to the ballpark. Following college Erik moved on to Minneapolis, MN where he works in politics and also has a part time job working in the suites of the Metrodome during Twins games. Erik is eagerly looking forward to the start of the season and this incredible journey.
Peter lives in his hometown Milwaukee, following stops in DC, Cincinnati, Madison, and Waterloo IA. He met Erik while they were both attending UW-Milwaukee in winter 2003. These two bonded quickly, sharing a mutual passion for watching a ballgame and tying one on pretty much any day of the week. Peter graduated from the University of Cincinnati in June 2007 with a Masters in Architecture, and a minor in balltrip planning. Life aspirations of Peter's include visiting every professional ballpark in America, and designing and operating his own tavern. Wherever Peter goes in life, this trip will certainly be something he tells his grandchildren about and will be an experience he will never forget. 77 days on the road with his best friend and his favorite yellow car watching ball is something that most people only dream of.