The strong bond between American railroads and baseball is based on a strong tradition. As track was laid across the nation in the 1800s, so was popularity for the fledgling sport, requiring teams to travel long distances.
For legendary players like Harry “The Hat” Walker, Phil Rizzuto and Eddie Matthews, rail was the preferred mode of transportation because of the camaraderie it built among players.
This year as part of the railroad’s 150th Anniversary, Union Pacific is proud to celebrate that rich aspect of baseball history during college baseball's championship series, which kicks off with an opening celebration on Thursday, June 14, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The series continues through Monday, June 25 or Tuesday, June 26.
Just 150 feet from the park is Union Pacific's Home Plate, where baseball fans can explore the railroad’s iconic steam locomotive No. 844, E-9 locomotives and a fleet of historic heritage cars, including the Promontory. A Union Pacific 1962-vintage baggage car, the Promontory has been transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum with 13 large, dramatic graphics and the latest in interactive touch video screen technology.
Union Pacific's Home Plate is open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. starting June 14 and continuing until the day of the final championship game.
Come join us in June near the very site where the transcontinental railroad began.