Boiseans will be honored for visiting every MLB stadium

Boiseans will be honored for visiting every MLB stadium

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.com © 2013 Idaho StatesmanJuly 15, 2013 

Don and Jody Mummert, pose with their favorite baseball memorabilia, a New York Yankees garden gnome (Don) and a baseball signed by Steve Garvey (Jody). Don and Jody Mummert, Boise residents, are being inducted into a fans hall of fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. at the end of July. They have been to every major league stadium in the country.

KYLE GREEN — kgreen@idahostatesman.com

There won’t be any baseball greats inducted into their hall of fame later this month in Cooperstown, N.Y., but a Boise couple will.

Don and Jody Mummert will be inducted into the Sports Travel and Tours Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame on July 27 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame for having seen a Major League Baseball game at all 30 home ballparks.

The pair has shared a love for baseball for more than 55 years, but began their stadium quest in earnest in 2002 in Baltimore, finishing their tour of every home park last summer in Arizona — after driving through California and catching games there, too, of course.

“We love it — it’s something we can enjoy together, and seeing a game in every stadium is what every big baseball fan like us dreams of,” Don Mummert said.

Married in September of 1956, the Mummerts estimate they’ve gone to about 150 games together, starting with six games in five days during June 1957, seeing the eventual World Series champion Milwaukee Braves while visiting family in Wisconsin.

“He introduced me to baseball, and right after that I knew I wanted to see all the stadiums — I fell in love with it then, it was kind of our honeymoon,” Jody Mummert said.

Portraits of Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig and Sandy Koufax (from Jody’s favorite team, the Dodgers) grace the walls in the Mummerts’ home near Boise State. Autographed baseballs are proudly displayed near their couch, and Jody’s scorebook is right within arm's reach — she keeps score for each and every game the couple watches on television. She buys a pair of earrings at each stadium's gift shop. Their son is named Mickey — after another great from Don's beloved Yankees.

"I grew up a New York fan, but she has become just as big of a baseball fan, I'm a lucky guy," Don Mummert said.

The STAT Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame inducts new members every four years, and with the Mummerts and the 37 other inductees this year, it will include 88 members. However, the Mummerts aren't planning to go to Cooperstown this year — they've been there twice before on induction weekends, and with no living inductees going in this year for the first time since 1960, a return can wait. With former Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux possible inductees next year, they may go to Cooperstown, having their longtime love of baseball come full circle.

"That would be pretty cool," Jody Mummert said.

THE FAVORITES

Don and Jody Mummert have visited all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, these are their favorites.

“Probably Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs), I just teared up and said ‘I’m finally here.’ ” — Jody

“So many of the new ones from the last 20 years are so neat — Camden Yards (Baltimore), new Yankee Stadium, AT&T (San Francisco).” — Don

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

“I caught a foul ball hit by (Hall of Famer) Eddie Matthews and saw Willie Mays make one of those over-the-shoulder basket catches.” — Don

“I went to a game with some family in San Francisco that Don couldn’t go to (in 1975) — and I saw Ed Halicki throw a no-hitter that day.” — Jody

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