Diehard baseball fans dream of visiting every Major League Baseball stadium.
Eagle Scout Matt Stoltz is making it happen — one pedal stroke at a time.
Stoltz is exactly one-third of the way toward biking to all 30 MLB ballparks. Yes, that’s every park from Seattle to Houston to Miami to Boston to Milwaukee.
He calls it Biking for Baseball, and it’s about more than just checking off 30 boxes on his bucket list. As you’d expect from an Eagle Scout, this journey is for a good cause — a cause you can learn more about on his website or in this Scouting Newsroom post.
Growing up, Stoltz was a member of Troop 187 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. He earned his Eagle Scout award in 2009 as a member of the Samoset Council. Now 22, Stoltz has dedicated his life to helping those who are less fortunate.
I’m always impressed whenever someone bicycles across the United States. That’s a 3,000- to 4,000-mile trip.
Stoltz’s route, though, doesn’t take him straight across the country and spans roughly three times that length.
Here’s a look at his trip by the numbers:
- 30 MLB stadiums. That includes 29 in the U.S. and one (the Toronto Blue Jays’ Rogers Centre) in Canada.
- 180 nights on the road. Most nights he camps out or stays with strangers who agree to put him up for the night.
- 11,155 miles biked. That’s a little less than half the circumference of the Earth (24,901 miles).
Because he’s spending so much time alone on this trip, I’m sure Stoltz would love to say hey to some fellow Scouts along his route. Maybe you could serve him your troop’s famous Dutch oven cobbler.
This page gives you an idea of where he plans to stop each night from now until his Oct. 1 arrival in his home state of Wisconsin.
As of the time of this writing he’s somewhere between Houston’s Minute Maid Park (where he threw out the first pitch on June 4) and Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium.
If you take a look at the map below, you’ll see this section in the middle of the country is the toughest part. Lots of miles, not a lot of baseball stadiums.
Once he reaches the Northeast, the distance between ballparks shrinks, and the end will be in sight.
I’ll be following Stoltz as he nears his goal. You can, too, by visiting his website.