Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Baseball Place No. 18: Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

Baltimore was a stop on our epic baseball road trip of 1991, and we packed our short time there with all kinds of side trips.

Aside from a game at Memorial Stadium and an under-construction tour of Camden Yards – expect those adventures to follow sometime in the coming weeks – we made sure we hit a couple museums along the way.

One of those, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, was tapped by Josh Pahigian as spot No. 18 in his “101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out.”

The Babe was born in a humble row house at 216 Emery Street, a short walk from Camden Yards. You can follow a trail of painted baseballs to get from the stadium from the museum.

The museum opened in 1974 with help from the Bambino’s family, and grew to include artifacts from the Orioles and the Colts, and even the Maryland Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mickey Tettleton's performance-enhancers were said to be Froot Loops.

But those items in 2005 were moved to the Sports legends at Camden Yards museum, prompting the Ruth museum to revert its focus solely on the former Red Sox and Braves player, who might have spent some time with another team whose name escapes me.

Baltimore was a nice place, and we enjoyed some of the other sites. We took a quick walk through the outdoors part of the B&O Railroad Museum, and then drove up to Federal Hill Park, with its spectacular views of the city.

There's a chance John, Will and John were tired of posing for me my the time we got to Federal Hill park. But the Inner Harbor was fantastic.

We also explored the Inner Harbor, searching for the perfect crab cakes.

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