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It's a museum devoted to one incredible person, considered one of baseball's greatest players, and one of the greatest sports heroes of American culture. It's the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born and raised in Baltimore and attended St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, where he learned his skills in baseball. He started his career there with the Baltimore Orioles (a Boston Red Sox minor league team at the time). Baltimore apartment-ites will enjoy the amazing history of this man.
Babe had an unmatched gift for both pitching and hitting for the New York Yankees, where he was recognized for his talent at the early age of 19, and went on to set records in both. His career in the American Major League ran from 1914-1935. He belongs to an elite club of only 21 baseball players who have set a record of hitting more than 500 home runs in regulation games. Babe's record of 714 home runs is held by only two other men who have matched that, at this writing.
All aspects of Babe's life are depicted in the museum, from the bedroom where he was born to his uniforms, catcher's mitt and bats. Photographs, letters and memorabilia show Babe's dedication as a husband, father and friend.
The Row house where the Babe Ruth Birthplace is located on Emory Street was leased by his grandfather, an upholsterer, when Babe was born in 1895. The building had fallen into disrepair by the early 1960's, and was scheduled for demolition when Theodore McKeldin launched a campaign to save and restore Babe's birthplace. The national shrine opened in 1974, and since then, has hosted scores and scores of baseball fans from Baltimore apartments and around the world, flocking to see Babe's original home.
In 1983 the museum became the official spot for the Baltimore Orioles, but when crowds became too huge for the small space, in 2005 the Orioles and Colts artifacts and memorabilia were moved to a new museum just a few blocks away at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.
Babe's museum is open every day of the year except for New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. From October to March, the hours are 10 am to 5 pm, and from April to September, hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Admission cost to the museum for Baltimore apartment-ites (and all other visitors) is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 3 to 12.