Although he is most associated with the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox,
slugger George Herman
"Babe" Ruth, Jr. was born in the Baltimore neighborhood of Pigtown, three blocks west of Oriole Park at
Camden Yards where the Baltimore Orioles play baseball. His childhood home is now the Babe Ruth Birthplace
Museum. This historic home is a top city attraction not to be missed if you're a baseball fan or even a history buff.
The property was restored and opened to the public in 1973. Ruth's widow, Claire, his two daughters, Dorothy and Julia, and his sister, Mamie, helped select and install exhibits for the museum.
The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum presents the life and times of George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Baltimore's native son who became America's first sports celebrity and an international icon. The house and museum, showcasing every Babe Ruth exhibit you can imagine, is stocked to the brim with memorabilia like the bat from his best season in 1927 and the catcher's mitt he originally used when he first started learning how to play the sport. For Babe Ruth Hall of Fame status was inevitable. His zealous skill in the game careened him toward stardom.
In addition to artifacts related to Ruth, the museum also houses an exhibition dedicated to the 500 Home Run Club, a group of approximately two-dozen baseball player who have hit 500 or more home runs during their careers. Babe Ruth himself hit 714 home runs in regulation baseball games, as well as hundreds more in barnstorming exhibition games. There is also a video about the history of the Star Spangled Banner being sung at baseball games, which has an interesting link to Ruth. I was surprised at the connection with the Babe!
The museum is run by the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Babe Ruth, as well as local and regional sports at the amateur, collegiate, and professional levels. The organization also runs the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, which tells a broader tale of Maryland sports history. Discount admission is available for those interested in visiting both museums, which are only a short walk away from one another (just follow the trail of baseballs painted on the sidewalk).
Known also as The Great Bambino, The Sultan of Swat and Babe, the major league baseball veteran played professionally between 1914 and 1935. Home runs catapulted Babe Ruth Hall of Fame standing as did his incredible batting and colorful personality. An icon throughout the "Roaring Twenties" Babe Ruth held a record for 34 consecutive years for most home runs hit in one season. The Babe Ruth Museum now stands as a tribute to a man who was idolized by millions throughout his long-lasting career and even today.
The son of a German saloon keeper, Ruth was born in this tiny row house on Emory Street in 1895. Visitors can take a peek into the room where he was born, which is furnished with period furniture from the era in which he lived.
Throughout the museum are photographs and artifacts that connect Ruth with Baltimore, including many from his time at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, which was a reformatory and orphanage. Many of the boys and young men at this school played baseball, and it's where Ruth came to star as a pitcher.
Ruth became such a good player that he was allowed to leave the premises to play weekend games on teams drawn from the community. Soon, he was signed to a professional baseball contract by Jack Dunn, owner and manager of the then minor league Baltimore Orioles, To do so, Dunn had to legally become Ruth's guardian, which eventually led to people teasing and asking him where his "babe" was. The nickname eventually stuck-as did others throughout the years such as the Great Bambino and the Sultan of Swat.
April - September Daily 10am - 5pm (10am - 7pm game days)
October - March Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
216 Emory St.