The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

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George Herman “Babe” Ruth was born February 6, 1895 at 216 Emory Street, a Baltimore row house that is now just a long fly ball from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The property was leased by Babe’s maternal grandfather, Pius Schamberger, who made his living as an upholsterer. By the late 1960s, the property and adjoining three row-house structures had fallen into disrepair and were scheduled for demolition. Hirsh Goldberg, press secretary for Baltimore’s Mayor Theodore McKeldin, launched a successful campaign to save and restore the Birthplace, which opened to the public as a national shrine in July, 1974. The not-for-profit Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. was formed to govern the operation. Exhibits depicting the Historic House and life and times of Babe Ruth were installed with the help of Babe’s widow, Claire; his two daughters, Dorothy and Julia; and his sister, Mamie, who was also born at 216 Emory Street. In 1983, the operation expanded to become the official museum of the Baltimore Orioles, the team that signed Ruth to his first professional contract. At that time, the Foundation began formally operating as the Babe Ruth Museum. In 1985 the Mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, designated the Museum as the official archives of the Baltimore Colts, who had departed the previous year for Indianapolis.

05/12/2020
Baltimore Orioles

Did you "catch" this Mother's Day video? Adley shares a birthday with Babe Ruth! But did you know that Babe's first position was a catcher?

Hey, Baltimore Orioles! We have to get these two over to the Babe Ruth Birthplace for a visit!!

Adley Rutschman was not about to talk about the day he was born. But his Mom had other plans. 😂

Happy Mother’s Day, Carol!

Full Ask Mom playlist 👉 https://bit.ly/35LBPNn

05/11/2020
Jonathan Ogden's Jersey

How do you stack up to JO? 📏📏 (bonus points if you know who the tallest NFL player is)

Executive Director, Shawn Herne, shares one of his favorite artifacts from the museum's collection - Jonathan Ogden's jersey.

05/09/2020
Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles

“You’d be hard to find a community that wasn’t touched by the Negro Leagues.”

We’re proud to celebrate the heritage of the Negro Leagues today on Negro League Baseball Day in Maryland.

05/08/2020
Super Bowl V Lombardi Trophy

It's no secret that this is one of our favorite things...but do you know the story behind it?

From Our Archives: The story behind the Super Bowl V Lombardi Trophy.

At the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, we are committed to preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting Maryland's sports h...
05/05/2020

At the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, we are committed to preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting Maryland's sports heritage. We hope that you have been enjoying the content we continue to create and share over our social media channels. Consider making a donation that will support our organization during this time.

We want to thank our members, donors, visitors, friends, supporters, and the great Maryland athletes that our organization represents.

Share how you have been giving back to your community, organizations, neighbors, friends, family, healthcare workers, first responders and more, with #givingtuesdaynow ❤️

baberuthmuseum.org/donate

Listen to Joe Spear and Janet Marie Smith give some insight into the design of Camden Yards on this episode of Stories f...
05/04/2020
Episode 2 - The Design of Camden Yards

Listen to Joe Spear and Janet Marie Smith give some insight into the design of Camden Yards on this episode of Stories from the Archives!

A compilation of Baltimore Baseball Minutes featuring Joe Spears and Janet Marie Smith speaking about the architecture and design of Camden Yards.

Rest in Peace, Don Shula.  Pictured here are Earl Morrall, John Unitas, Don Shula, and Bob Griese.  The inscription read...
05/04/2020

Rest in Peace, Don Shula. Pictured here are Earl Morrall, John Unitas, Don Shula, and Bob Griese. The inscription reads "To John, Thanks for the great memories. Don Shula."

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

05/01/2020
Baltimore Orioles Sunglasses Case

A must-have for baseball teams...check out what's in this case!

Executive Director, Shawn Herne, shares one of his favorite artifacts from the museum's collection - a Baltimore Orioles sunglasses case.

CHRIS DAVIS’ HOME RUN BALL FROM ‘NO FANS’ GAME IN 2015On April 29, 2015 the Baltimore Orioles hosted the Chicago White S...
04/29/2020

CHRIS DAVIS’ HOME RUN BALL FROM ‘NO FANS’ GAME IN 2015

On April 29, 2015 the Baltimore Orioles hosted the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The game was played before no fans, a first in the 145-year history of Major League Baseball. The genesis of this most remarkable situation occurred 17 days earlier, on April 12, when 25-year-old Freddie Gray, an African-American man, was arrested by Baltimore police. He sustained life-threatening injuries in police custody that day, and succumbed to those injuries on April 19.

Over the next week Baltimore erupted in violence. On April 25th riots broke out around Oriole Park, and fans attending the Orioles/Red Sox game were locked in the stadium until police were able to secure the area. Games scheduled against the White Sox on April 27 and 28 were postponed, but the game on the 29th had to be played because of scheduling problems and provisions in MLB’s collective bargaining agreement.

The Orioles, working with city officials, determined to move the 7:05 start time to the afternoon for security reasons, and to play the game before no fans. National reporters in town to cover the Freddie Gray incident swelled the number of media in attendance that day to capacity, with the Baltimore Sun reporting that the press box was standing room only.

Members of the Babe Ruth Museum staff were among dozens of fans watching the game from Camden Street, just outside their Sports Legends Museum offices.
We could hear the players’ on-field chatter, the TV and radio play-by-play and commentary. We grasped the surreal nature of the spectacle from our perch just beyond Monument Park in right-centerfield.

In the bottom of the first Orioles first-baseman Chris Davis clouted a three-run homer onto Eutaw Street. The ball bounded to rest outside of a men’s restroom. I knew that Orioles’ staffer Bill Stetka was attending the game, and called him to see if he could retrieve the Davis ball. He did, and the ball became part of our collection, an important artifact from a dark, yet significant, day in the history of Baltimore…and its baseball team.

Written by Mike Gibbons, historian and Director Emeritus at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

Since today is Babe Ruth day it seemed like good timing to give you a little sneak peek of what we have been working on....
04/27/2020
Episode 1

Since today is Babe Ruth day it seemed like good timing to give you a little sneak peek of what we have been working on....a podcast that will give you a glimpse into our audio archives. Episode 1 features memories of the Babe!

A compilation of Baltimore Baseball Minutes featuring memories of Babe Ruth. From the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum Archives.

Calling all history buffs, sports fans, or bored Facebook browsers!! Help the Hall of Fame transcribe documents and read...
04/27/2020

Calling all history buffs, sports fans, or bored Facebook browsers!! Help the Hall of Fame transcribe documents and read fascinating primary sources at the same time (p.s. a historian's dream and you'll make a future researcher very happy! 🤓).

Play a part in preserving baseball history by transcribing historic documents, including letters from Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and more of the game’s legends. It’s a great way to help us out and keep baseball in your life, all while staying #SafeAtHome www.fromthepage.com/national-baseball-hall-of-fame-and-museum/correspondence-collection/start_transcribing

04/24/2020
Indian Lacrosse Sticks

🥍🥍🥍 psst...you won't want to miss this video featuring one of the oldest items in our collection!

From Our Archives: The story behind one of the oldest artifacts in our collection, these Indian Lacrosse sticks.

04/21/2020
Ravens, Terps, and Colts Football Helmets

Safety first! Take a look at these helmets from different eras. 🏈🏈

Executive Director, Shawn Herne, shares some of his favorite artifacts from the museum's collection - three football helmets from different eras.

04/17/2020

Have you checked on your favorite cultural institutions?

American Visionary Art Museum is hosting virtual tours and DIY activities. B&O Railroad Museum has story time, trivia, and prizes. The Baltimore Museum of Industry is sharing children's programming and you can visit the museum online! Have you caught story time at The Fire Museum of Maryland? The The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House has educational resources for all ages! And that's just a few of the great things happening. Head to the Greater Baltimore History Alliance to start finding heritage organizations.

Meanwhile, we’re bringing you videos from our archives and are working on audio content. But we’d like your feedback. Let us know in the comments what you'd like to see.

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For many cultural institutions, spring is the busiest time of year. Help support the organizations in our city by becoming a member or donating if you are able.

baberuthmuseum.org

STOREWIDE SALE! All in stock items are 10% off, even new merchandise like this "Sultan of Stats" tee, at baberuthmuseum....
04/17/2020

STOREWIDE SALE! All in stock items are 10% off, even new merchandise like this "Sultan of Stats" tee, at baberuthmuseum.org/store

You can also designate the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation as your supported charity at smile.amazon.com.
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04/17/2020
NFL Shoulder Pads

In today's favorite things we have NFL shoulder pads from different eras! Which would you rather wear? 🤔

Executive Director, Shawn Herne, shares some of his favorite artifacts from the museum's collection - shoulder pads from two different NFL eras.

04/15/2020
Baltimore Orioles

#JackieRobinsonDay

Here’s to you, 42.

Richie Martin is sharing the spirit of #JackieRobinsonDay by reading My Little Golden Book About Jackie Robinson by Frank J. Berrios.

04/13/2020
Home Run Baker's Warmup Jacket

This morning, we're heading back to the dead ball era with Frank "Home Run" Baker's warmup jacket and cap! Did you know he was a Maryland native?

From Our Archives: Maryland native Frank "Home Run" Baker's New York Yankees warm-up jacket and cap.

04/10/2020
Stephen Lang's Babe Ruth Noses

Today we're showing you one of the more unique items in our collection, who 👃what it could be?

From Our Archives: Stephen Lang donated movie props from the 1991 Babe bio-pic, including a nose mold and nose prosthetics.

A century ago, the Orioles won 25 straight to lift a city reeling from the flu pandemic
04/08/2020
A century ago, the Orioles won 25 straight to lift a city reeling from the flu pandemic

A century ago, the Orioles won 25 straight to lift a city reeling from the flu pandemic

A century ago, Baltimore had baseball fever. In 1920, the Orioles won 110 games – including the final 25 – to capture the International League pennant. The team’s success buoyed the spirits of a city struggling through the third and final year of the flu pandemic that killed 675,000 Americans.

Al Kaline napping at his home in Baltimore. Rest In Peace to a baseball great!
04/06/2020

Al Kaline napping at his home in Baltimore. Rest In Peace to a baseball great!

04/03/2020
Baltimore Colts and Orioles Superfans

Executive Director, Shawn Herne, shares some of his favorite artifacts from the museum's collection - Baltimore Orioles and Colts "Super Fan" items.

https://youtu.be/cY4J5_5TxdQ

Executive Director, Shawn Herne, shares some of his favorite artifacts in the museum's collection - super fan items!

03/30/2020
Yankee Stadium Box Seats

Executive Director, Shawn Herne, shares one of his favorite artifacts from the museum's collection - a box seat from Yankee Stadium.

https://youtu.be/GRsleMwUoXg

Executive Director, Shawn Herne, shares one of his favorite artifacts from the museum's collection - an original Yankee Stadium box seat.

03/26/2020
Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles

Now streaming #OpeningDayAtHome — 2014 ALDS Game 2 vs. DET. It’s about to get real loud in your house.

03/26/2020
Baltimore Orioles

There's no place we would rather be today!

Even though we’re apart, we’re in this together.

03/25/2020
American Visionary Art Museum

A great (and unique) Baltimore organization, American Visionary Art Museum is sharing art workshops you can do at home!

On today's virtual visit, here's an easy art project you can do right from home, with everyday household items. Our Director of Education Beka Plum shows us how to make "crayon critter" wax sculptures, with crayons, ice cube trays, and your imagination! Normally, we offer these kinds of workshops at the museum year-round, but right now, we're coming to YOU. Enjoy, and have fun! In the comments section, we’d love to see or hear how your critters turned out. #MuseumfromHome #FridayFeeling #ArtEveryday #ArtEverywhere #community

Address

216 Emory St
Baltimore, MD
21230

Right on the Light Rail Line and several MTA bus stops near by

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(410) 727-1539

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Hey Babe Ruth Birthplace. The Howard County Historical Society issues a "Strange Things in the Collection" Challenge. Here's ours... Thomas Johnson was a major historical figure during the Revolutionary period and the first Governor of Maryland. Johnson was born in Calvert County in 1732, one of ten children who were all home-educated. Johnson took an interest in legal studies and eventually became a lawyer in 1753 with a practice in Frederick County by 1760. During the American Revolution, he served as a delegate for Maryland to the Continental Congress and also served in the Maryland militia out of Elkridge. Along with his brothers, he also supported the war effort by producing ammunition and cannons at their Catoctin Furnace near Frederick. After the Revolution, he served as Maryland’s 1st Governor from 1777-1779, as senior justice in the Maryland General Court and was also on the commission that would lay out the federal capital in 1791, Washington D.C. This interesting set of upper and lower false teeth set in 10 carat gold with gold springs was donated to the Historical Society by Dr. R. D. Menton who was given them by Mrs. M. Owings Buck, a direct descendant of Thomas Johnson. Can you just imagine how uncomfortable Governor Johnson must have been with these springs pinching his cheeks from the inside?
Babe Ruth Day - April 27th, 1947 was declared Babe Ruth Day by Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler. It was a national event to celebrate the Sultan of Swat. I wasn't sure how to share this, so I just pasted the link. https://www.facebook.com/tom.derry.56/posts/2863243297045433
Looking forward to Opening Day and a Great Year of baseball in Baltimore at Camden yards,, anyone have any info on this Brass ORIOLE M.C. pin?
CATONSVILLE, MD -- "Play ball!"
Q. Who was Babe Ruth's maternal grandfather? A. Pius Schamberger or "Pi" for short. It was in his house on Emory Street where Babe Ruth was born. So the Babe Ruth birthplace could also be known as the "House of Pi." Happy Pi Day!
The Ty Cobb Museum send out our sympathy to George Herman "Babe" Ruth's family. Our hearts are with you during your time of grief.
I cannot wait to see it. I was always a Yankee fan and I enjoyed the spirit of BRuth.
Forbes features new discovery of earliest known Babe photo in game action.
good babe ruth book
any good picture of babe ruth