REVIEWS

"Absolutely brilliant . . . A New York sports time machine . . . thrilling . . . enthralling . . . well-versed tour guides and excellent short videos . . . captivating . . . a big, fantastic surprise . . . a worthy alternative to taking in a Broadway show . . .  Terrific value . . . great way to spend quality time in New York."

— TripAdvisor's No. 1-Ranked New York City "Historical & Heritage" Tour Ride

"'Sports matters.' That’s what former soccer great Shep Messing said at the end of . . . the upscale tour . . . 'I was blown away by all the things I didn’t know,' said Messing . . . Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, a history major in college, loves the history lessons provided by New York Sports Tours . . . 'They’ve brought history to life,' said Cashman . . . 'People remember the history they learn in the show Hamilton because it’s presented in a platform they can’t forget . . . It’s the same thing with New York Sports Tours . . . it’s all about how we got here.' . . . Former New York Knicks basketball star John Starks . . . shared similar sentiments. '. . . You think you know a little bit about New York sports but you don’t know a lot about it until you go on this tour.'"

Forbes.com

“The tour begins outside Grand Central Terminal, as good a place as any to transport people back in time . . . Guests make themselves comfortable in a black van with the logo of New York Sports Tours on the side. The striking trademark . . . is the goddess Diana taking aim with her outstretched bow, arrow pointed at her target. The featured guest on this afternoon tour of New York sports history is something of a Diana herself . . . Melissa Ludtke . . . the limo begins to wend its way through Midtown streets . . . an exhaustive but not exhausting trip back through time that recalls such legends as Harry Frazee, Babe Ruth, Gertrude Ederle, Tex Rickard, Sanford White, Billie Jean King and Muhammad Ali, all while providing such nuggets . . .”

— Steve Wulf, senior writer, ESPN.com

"Guests can now journey through the city's sporting history . . . New York Sports Tours offers original, eye-opening stories of how [New York sports] have helped shape society and culture in New York, America and the world."

Yankees Magazine

"New York Sports Tours is a unique sports and cultural experience . . . a sense not only of the city’s rich sports past but also how it ties into the larger culture . . . touches on a colorful variety of sports-related New York characters . . ."

— Neil Best, sports columnist, Newsday

"If you’re a sports enthusiast or a New York history enthusiast, you should check out New York Sports Tours, which . . . teaches you about the area’s connection to sports history."

— Ken Davidoff, baseball columnist, New York Post

  Among the historical items shown to tour guests is this check from the Student Emergency Fund signed by Jackie Robinson and Marian Logan. Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947 when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. More than a decade later, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared, "Jackie Robinson is the founder of the civil rights movement." In 1960, Robinson and Logan, an associate of Dr. King, started the Student Emergency Fund to help jailed and other students who were protesting segregation in the South.

Among the historical items shown to tour guests is this check from the Student Emergency Fund signed by Jackie Robinson and Marian Logan. Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947 when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. More than a decade later, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared, "Jackie Robinson is the founder of the civil rights movement." In 1960, Robinson and Logan, an associate of Dr. King, started the Student Emergency Fund to help jailed and other students who were protesting segregation in the South.

  Tour guests from Long Island and Chicago pause outside Keens Steakhouse with New York Sports Tours' Kathy Paprocki (right)

Tour guests from Long Island and Chicago pause outside Keens Steakhouse with New York Sports Tours' Kathy Paprocki (right)

". . . this experience is taking the city by storm . . . the entire experience can be summed up in one word — Wow! Everything was first-rate. The quality of the program was tremendous . . . Every participant on the tour learned new things. It was a shared experience, full of information, learning, and fun . . . an amazing experience . . . unique and special . . . this was not just a tour about sports . . . the bigger picture of how sports ties into culture and past events was not overlooked. This was a complete experience that truly became a learning opportunity. The planning that went into the tour is amazing . . . there was so much sports history in midtown Manhattan. It seemed, at times, that every building had a story. It was rare that we'd travel a city block without sites being pointed out to us that told fascinating stories related to New York sports . . . a whole series of detailed and quite fascinating documentaries have been professionally produced for the tours and shown at appropriate times on the video screen . . . Each documentary is engaging. Each tells a compelling story . . . the rider was, in a way, taken out of the van, and brought to another place. It's touches like this that make the New York Sports Tour so different from anything else . . . One sees, learns, and takes in the New York Sports Tours experience in a multitude of ways. The balance of all this is just right. In short, it works. It works tremendously well . . . information and stories were told about seemingly every sport. Learning is fun, and this entire experience was all about learning. The stories ran the gamut from the four major sports . . . to the Olympics, horse racing, roller derby, golf, boxing, swimming, tennis, and so much more.  We learned about legends like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Namath, Pele, Frank Gifford, Willis Reed, Babe Didrikson, Pele, Vince Lombardi, and so many more.  The tour also gave information on how professional leagues were created and how they became popular. Interesting tie-ins to popular culture such as games (Monopoly), toys (the Erector Set), movies (Marilyn Monroe), and television commercials were also an integral part of the experience. Thorough, fascinating, complete, and extremely well-done would be accurate descriptors of the overall experience. There was so much to learn . . . When a detour caused us to have to take an unanticipated turn, the hosts rolled right right along and immediately picked up with new stories about the blocks of the city were were sent to. One doesn't get an experience like this anywhere else. This aspect made the tour even more appealing. Once the tour comes to a close, the participants are delightfully full of information. The participants are then told of some additional interactive videos that are available only on the tour's web page that are accessible through a special code provided on the tour itself. In this manner, the experience can continue even when the participants return home . . . such an in-depth and interesting tour made the whole afternoon and evening one that was positive beyond words . . . New York Sports Tours is a first-class program . . . A+.  It was that good."

— Start Spreading the News
(New York Yankees blog)

  New York Sports Tours’ Kathy Paprocki and Kevin O’Keefe (sans hats) stop with guests from Atlanta, San Francisco and New York at a Tin Pan Alley building where the 1908 song Take Me Out to the Ball Game came to life

New York Sports Tours’ Kathy Paprocki and Kevin O’Keefe (sans hats) stop with guests from Atlanta, San Francisco and New York at a Tin Pan Alley building where the 1908 song Take Me Out to the Ball Game came to life

   The Athletic ’s Hannah Withiam (left) with Kevin O’Keefe and Melissa Ludtke in Keens’ Lillie Langtry Room

The Athletic’s Hannah Withiam (left) with Kevin O’Keefe and Melissa Ludtke in Keens’ Lillie Langtry Room

  Before she co-hosted a New York Sports Tours lunch at Keens, former New York sports broadcaster Sam Marchiano (front) enjoys the pre-meal sports history ride with some of the other tour guests

Before she co-hosted a New York Sports Tours lunch at Keens, former New York sports broadcaster Sam Marchiano (front) enjoys the pre-meal sports history ride with some of the other tour guests

  Mary Carillo and John Starks

Mary Carillo and John Starks

"New York Sports Tours is a newly established tour company . . . The tour itself was amazing . . . If you are a fan of sports or history, and think you know all there is to know, these guys will surprise you. The tour does not just talk about baseball; they touch upon tennis, boxing, basketball, the Olympics, golf, soccer, football, the New York Marathon, and much more. Even if you are simply a lover of history . . . this will be an awesome tour . . . The New York Sports Tours vehicle stops at the actual locations of each historical reference or story being mentioned or described . . . Whether you are a native New Yorker, a tourist in town visiting, a sports enthusiast, or lover of history . . . make a reservation to attend New York Sports Tours."

Socially Superlative magazine

Melissa Ludtke . . . 40 years to the day that she won the legal fight that opened the doors of MLB clubhouses to her and female sportswriters everywhere, overwhelming nostalgia and evidence of her trailblazing legacy stared back at her . . . at an intimate gathering in midtown Manhattan on . . . New York Sports Tours”

The Athletic

"New York City and its environs are literally steeped in sports history . . . a rich trove of New York sporting history. To embrace it all may seem impossible. Thankfully, there is New York Sports Tours . . . They will take you out to the ball game (written by Jack Norworth in New York in 1908) and much more."

— New York Athletic Club's The Winged Foot

    Left to right: Lynn Povich, the first female senior editor at  Newsweek  and daughter of legendary sports columnist Shirley Povich; CBS Sports staff writer Katherine Acquavella; Lawrie Mifflin, the first female sportswriter at the  New York Daily News ;  The Athletic  associate editor Hannah Withiam; former  Sports Illustrated  reporter Melissa Ludtke; New York Sports Tours’ Kathy Paprocki;  Sports Illustrated  staff writer Emma Baccellieri; Erika Weitzner Freed, a former sportswriter for the  New Brunswick (New Jersey) Home New s; and CBS Sports' Lesley Visser

Left to right: Lynn Povich, the first female senior editor at Newsweek and daughter of legendary sports columnist Shirley Povich; CBS Sports staff writer Katherine Acquavella; Lawrie Mifflin, the first female sportswriter at the New York Daily News; The Athletic associate editor Hannah Withiam; former Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke; New York Sports Tours’ Kathy Paprocki; Sports Illustrated staff writer Emma Baccellieri; Erika Weitzner Freed, a former sportswriter for the New Brunswick (New Jersey) Home News; and CBS Sports' Lesley Visser

"New York Sports Tours captivates and captures the world of sports. Find out what the buzz is all about . . . It is a distinctive opportunity to delve into sports history and learn . . . The fascinating journey takes you through Midtown Manhattan as you listen to a live announcer and view a stunning array of photos and short documentaries . . . This one-of-a-kind tour has been expertly curated to include little known facts along with information about some of the most popular sports figures and events. New York Sports Tours will appeal to a vast audience from history buffs and sports enthusiasts to city tourists and New Yorkers who are looking for a great outing . . . During the excursion, we visited over fifty destinations highlighting wide-ranging sports topics. While we don’t want to give away all the surprises . . . New York Sports Tours is really a museum on wheels. As New Yorkers, we were amazed to learn about the significance of the landmarks that we have passed by hundreds of times . . . Be intrigued, be informed, and be entertained."

— Woman Around Town

". . . this distinctive touring experience . . . will delight sports fans and many more . . .  in a comfortable luxury vehicle . . . bringing to life the history of sports in Greater New York . . ."

Broadway World

". . . a luxury tour ride . . . immersed in entertaining, educational stories . . ."
Where Traveler

  Peter Carry, former  Sports Illustrated  executive editor

Peter Carry, former Sports Illustrated executive editor

"The New York Sports Tours experience is a revolutionary way to bring the long winding history of sports in New York to today’s families . . . Throughout the tour, participants are able to witness original mini-documentaries that nobody else outside of the tour will ever see. Plus, not only will you be able to look at historic items from past teams and players, but actually touch and feel them, too
. . . a tour of a lifetime . . ."

— New York Family Magazine"

New York Sports Tours . . . is the only tour its kind in New York City . . . amazing . . . great . . ."

The Motivation Show

"Your best sports tours yet . . . sports fans, rejoice: if you’re in New York, there’s a new tour in town. New York Sports Tours is . . . showcasing New York's history . . . And what a christening . . . "

Smart Meetings

  World Boxing Council international champion Boyd Melson (second from right) shares his championship belt at a tour stop

World Boxing Council international champion Boyd Melson (second from right) shares his championship belt at a tour stop

  Shep Messing at a tour stop

Shep Messing at a tour stop

". . . bringing to life the history of sports in Greater New York . . ." 

Resident Magazine

“What a super-cool experience and an interesting and thought-provoking one . . .”

— Michael Patrick Shiels, Michigan’s Big Show (syndicated)  

  Brian Cashman and Jordan Sprechman

Brian Cashman and Jordan Sprechman

"The story of New York sports is a dense, fascinating tale, and now you can learn it from the best . . . engaging content for all . . . you’ll enjoy the multidimensional, historically accurate, and fun view of this dynamic city and how athletic culture shaped it into the place we know today . . . The tour will catch you up with over 200 years of history, including the start of American football, basketball, and baseball."

City Guide NY

". . . such a compelling tour . . . great content . . . what a fun business."

— Joe Connolly, Small Business Spotlight (WCBS)

". . . a unique, luxury offering . . . While there are several museums in NYC, this is more of an experience . . . The tour appeals to a variety of people . . . The sports stories connect to a variety of other things that were taking place historically (i.e. politics and civil rights). . . practically anyone (teens and up) would really like."

Mom in the City

"Bringing sports and history together . . . Groups looking to immerse themselves in New York City's sporting past now have a luxurious, history-packed option thanks to New York Sports Tours . . . The tour gives groups the opportunity to travel through the city in high-end accommodations, complete with a multimedia experience, celebrity appearances, and a meal at one of the city's most iconic restaurants . . . 'This is a no-brainer,' said [Brian] Cashman. 'It's entertaining, it's enjoyable, and touches on some of the greatest success stories, fights and frustrations as well as growth and evolution in sports in this arena and brings that to life for us.' Jordan Sprechman described it as a 'museum on wheels and an intimate, educational, entertaining and video-rich ride that show why sports matters.'"

Successful Meetings magazine

". . . something not to be missed . . . very affordably priced for the luxury that it is . . .  Created for sports fans and non-fans alike . . . During the tour, guests are invited to examine rare historical items that are connected to the stories told along the tour route . . . each guest is given a private password to access New York Sports Tours’ virtual New York sports history museum, an online site that houses exclusive and rare content, including original documentaries tied in to places on the tour route but not seen on the tour . . . This is a museum on wheels . . . It's great. "

Insider Travel Report

". . . the tour will provide participants with considerable information they didn’t know . . . [Mary] Carillo agreed. 'I’m a sports junkie,' said the Queens native and award-winning sportscaster. 'And I grew up thinking I knew everything about New York sports. But that was before I met this group.' The only guided sports tour that combines live narration, brief documentaries, and touchable artifacts . . . it shows how sports influenced . . . other aspects of Americana . . ."

Latino Sports

". . . for sports fans and non-fans alike . . . in a comfortable luxury vehicle . . . Guests learn from a live narrator and on-screen content how sports people, places and events in Greater New York have helped shape culture and society . . ." 

— (Albany) Times Union

". . . with stories that demonstrate sports’ influence . . . in fields such as advertising, architecture, civil rights, entertainment, fashion, finance, health, language, law, politics, and science."

The Bronx Chronicle

  Jordan Sprechman and Kristal Hart

Jordan Sprechman and Kristal Hart

"On select days, the experience continues with an intimate lunch or dinner with a New York sports personality. 'The New York Sports Tours team is committed to bringing guests a highly entertaining and educational experience,' said Jordan Sprechman, the founder of New York Sports Tours. 'The tour reflects our prioritization of historical accuracy and our firm belief that experiencing Midtown Manhattan through the lens of sports history presents the city in a way never before seen.' . . . 'We are thrilled with all the positive responses we’ve received from guests . . .' said Kevin O’Keefe, the president of New York Sports Tours. 'We are dedicated to presenting a compelling and seamless narrative that will engage every guest.'"

Global Travel Media

"New York Sports Tours is New York City's premier sports history experience. This multimedia tour ride takes you through time from 1776 to the present, sharing stories about how New York City sports has shaped society and culture in the city, in the nation and in the world."

— Kristal Hart, The Kristal Hart Show

  F.A.O. “Fritz” Schwarz, Jr., the winning attorney on the 1977 Lutke v. Kuhn federal lawsuit filed against Major League Baseball

F.A.O. “Fritz” Schwarz, Jr., the winning attorney on the 1977 Lutke v. Kuhn federal lawsuit filed against Major League Baseball

  Joe Connolly (left) and Kevin O'Keefe

Joe Connolly (left) and Kevin O'Keefe

". . . different locations, some more famous than others, but all with interesting stories. "

— NY Sports Day

"New York City’s only luxury sports tour ride experience — the world’s only known guided tour of sports history that features exclusive documentaries and other original content."

Gotham Baseball

". . . you don't need to be a sports fan to enjoy it . . . a bunch of prominent New York sports figures revealed that they learned so much . . ."

Travel Itch Radio

“. . . passes more than 50 points of interest from Greater New York sports history . . .”

Sports Media Report

"Para los aficionados a los deportes y para turistas en general esta parece una gran propuesta."

Republica (Spain)

"Yankees GM Brian Cashman is a lover of history, so he thinks the tour is a great idea. ' . . . The experience of Hamilton on Broadway was second to none. The way they presented the history made you never forget and that's what New York Sports Tours is going to do . . . It's going to be entertaining . . . It's also going to allow us to never forget where we were, how we got here . . . they're going to bring that back to life for us.'"

WBGO Journal

" . . . bringing the city’s sports history to life . . . with stops at areas of historical significance. It turns out there are plenty of sites to see . . . visitors learn about more than 70 locations, including the home of Harry Frazee, the Boston Red Sox owner who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees, and details about that fateful sale. Visitors can explore the history of Tin Pan Alley through the guise of 'Take Me out to the Ballgame.' . . . And throughout the tour, visitors are reminded of the cultural and societal changes that sports have helped foster . . . enhanced throughout with artifacts that riders can see and touch."

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