page has some miscellaneous emails, links to some stories, etc.
a link to a Rocky Mountain News story. Or, if you prefer kilometers,
you can read this.
These were stolen from an article released by the AP, which appears
at the bottom of this page. I've gotten tons of emails as a result of
this story, and a couple of donations.
Bolton Common wrote a story about me here.
ran a story last Friday, the 27th.
Boston Globe put an article in the "Names" column on March
25th. I don't have the link handy.
Herald ran an article on March 27th. You need to be a subscriber to
read it, and I also don't have the link handy.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette ran a story on the front page of the
sports section (beating out a story about Nomar's sore foot - ha!) last
Sunday, March 28th. You need to pay to see the article, and again, I
don't have the link.
ran a story last Monday the 29th. You can see the video (or could as
of a couple days ago) by going to the NECN
website. I hear the video is no longer available.
AP photographer took shots of me at Fenway.
Going for the cycle: An 11,000-mile trek to see every
PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer
Wednesday, April 7, 2004
©2004 Associated Press
(04-07) 15:00 PDT (AP) -- Charlie Hamilton enjoys cycling and always
wanted to see every major league ballpark. Hey, why not combine the
The Red Sox fan set off last weekend on a six-month, 11,000-mile sojourn
that will take him from Atlanta's Turner Field to Boston's Fenway Park
-- with Dodger Stadium, Wrigley Field and 26 other big league stadiums
sprinkled in along the way.
Excusing the mixed metaphors, this is hardly a slam dunk.
"I hope I can pull it off," said Hamilton, sounding a bit
worried about keeping his 80-mile-a-day schedule. "It's going to
be tough. There might be times when I have to cheat and take a bus,
just to make up time."
At first glance, Hamilton's quest seems, well, a bit kooky.
He gave up his job as a software engineer, with no guarantee it will
be there when he gets back. He left behind his wife of seven years,
knowing they won't get many chances to see each other over the next
six months. Though he's trying to go on the cheap -- camping out along
the way, relying on the generosity of friends, family and strangers
-- the trip could cost $20,000.
"When I told my parents, they were like, 'OK, next subject,"'
Hamilton said. "It took a while before they finally believed I
was serious about it. My boss was like, 'You're crazy."'
Actually, the genesis of this big adventure was a question from Hamilton's
wife, Molly. She asked if there was anything he had always wanted to
do. "Gee, I'd love to see all the ballparks," he replied.
Hamilton also had done some cycling over the years. "Why not combine
them," he thought to himself.
The idea grew from there. Last September, as the pennant races were
winding down, Hamilton geared up. He unfolded a map of the country and
began planning things out.
"I didn't know if it was even possible," said Hamilton, who
couldn't finalize his plans until baseball released its 2004 schedule.
While the trip started out as a purely personal endeavor, he wound
up with a higher purpose: raising money for cancer research.
Hamilton got together with the Pan-Mass Challenge, which runs the country's
most successful cycling event for charity in his home state. Since 1980,
more than $102 million has been generated for research and treatment
at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The arrangement made sense -- Dana-Farber's work is supported by the
Jimmy Fund, the official charity of the Red Sox.
Hamilton hopes to raise $125,000 for the Jimmy Fund, using his Web
site and business cards -- made up by his wife -- that he'll hand out
along the way. He's asking for donations of a penny per mile, which
works out to about $110.
"I really don't care about getting publicity for myself,"
Hamilton said. "But if I can help raise money for charity, that's
Through the Pan-Mass Challenge, Hamilton met 15-year-old Eric Donovan,
who is being treated for bone cancer in the Boston area. They plan to
stay contact via e-mail and cell phone.
"It gives him a different focus," said Donovan's mother,
Kathie. "We can at least help raise some money."
Billy Starr, executive director and founder of the Pan-Mass Challenge,
said the organization has worked with plenty of other cyclists on cross-country
"But Charlie is the first one using the ballpark motif to propel
himself across the country," Starr said.
Hamilton, who lives in suburban Boston, flew to Atlanta last week to
begin his trip. He watched the Braves play an exhibition game against
the Red Sox at Turner Field, then headed off for an eight-day ride to
Miami's Pro Player Stadium. He'll attend Sunday's game between the Marlins
Checking in from the road Wednesday, Hamilton said a couple of flat
tires were his only problems thus far. Oh yeah, his rump was a little
sore, too, but he was a bit ahead of schedule, pedaling 110 miles on
his third day.
"I stop to eat a huge lunch," Hamilton said by cell phone
from Marineland, Fla., south of Jacksonville. "It's great. You
can eat whatever you want."
He plans to end his trip Sept. 26, the Red Sox final home game against
the New York Yankees ("I hope I can get a ticket," he writes
on his Web site).
By then, if all goes according to plan, he will have experienced a
big part of Americana. Chicago's Wrigley Field is No. 1 on his list.
Dodger Stadium is another prime target, along with the new parks in
San Diego and Philadelphia. Even Tropicana Field, a generally reviled
dome in Tampa, will get a look.
"I definitely want to see them all," Hamilton said. "I'm
not real thrilled about Tropicana Field, but I definitely want to see
The schedule is tight in some places. A rainout could mess things up,
since he'll make some stops right before the home team leaves on a long
road trip. Riding in stormy weather is another concern.
Already, though, the trip has given Hamilton a new view of life. He
got a couple of free lunches, plus a free haircut, from those who admire
the magnitude of his journey.
"I'm usually kind of a cynical person," Hamilton said. "People
have been great to me about the whole thing. It's been a really nice
On the Net:
Pan-Mass Challenge: www.pmc.org
©2004 Associated Press