Babe's 100th birthday brings months of activities BABE RUTH 100 YEARS

January 30, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Babe Ruth's 100th birthday will be next Monday, Feb. 6, but the celebration of his centennial will continue through most of the year. The schedule:

* Thursday: Opening night of "Boys and Girls Together," a factually based play about a woman who struck out Ruth and Lou Gehrig in a 1931 exhibition game. It will be staged at The Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore, 908 Washington Blvd., through March 5. Tickets for the 7 p.m. opening night performance are $100, to benefit the Playwrights Theatre and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Baseball Center. Call (410) 727-1847.

* Saturday and Sunday: "Family Fest" at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St. The festival is free and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and it will feature games, readings, baseball arts and crafts, trivia contests and magic shows, as well as the premiere of "Babe Ruth, Sultan of Swat," a children's book that author Lois Nicholson will be autographing.

* Saturday: "Babe Ruth: An Artistic Perspective" opens at the Babe Ruth Museum. An exhibit of 40 works in various media will remain at the museum through Sept. 5 and then begin a national tour.

* Feb. 6: At noon, cake and a champagne toast at the rededication of the Babe Ruth Museum's restored interior. Ruth's granddaughters, Linda Pirone Tosetti and Ellen Hourigan, will blow out the 100 candles. At 5 p.m., a statue of Babe Ruth by Susan Luery will be dedicated at Oriole Park. At 5:30 p.m., "Babe's 100th Birthday Bash" at Bambino's and Pastimes at Oriole Park will feature hot dogs, beer and ballpark fare. Tickets are $15 each.

* Feb. 6-March 6: Post office issues a pictorial postmark to commemorate Ruth's birthday. A temporary postal station will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Babe Ruth Museum, and mail order requests will be available for 30 days after that. Requests should be sent to: Babe Ruth Station, Main Office Window Services, USPS, 900 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, Md. 21233-9715.

* April 27-29: "Baseball and the Sultan of Swat" conference at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Reading papers on Ruth will be scholars and former players, including Phil Rizzuto, Robin Roberts, Enos Slaughter, Ralph Kiner, Ralph Branca and Clyde King. Rizzuto will receive an honorary degree from Hofstra. Call (516) 463-5669 or (516) 463-6818.

* May 15: Civic luncheon at the Marriott Inner Harbor, noon. Keynote speakers will be Mel Allen and Ruth's daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens. Admission to be determined.

* Aug. 5-6: Streetfest in Ridgely's Delight. Baseball clinics, food and festivities around the Babe Ruth Museum, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., free.

* Sept. 15-Dec. 31: "The Face of Baseball," an exhibit of player portraits by John Weiss, will be on exhibit at the Babe Ruth Museum.

* Sept. 29-Oct. 1: "500 Home Run Hitters Reunion Weekend" will feature baseball card and memorabilia show at the Fifth Regiment Armory (Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Tickets are $5 each, with autograph fees additional. The 11 living players who have hit 500 or more home runs have been invited to the show and a black tie dinner Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor. Tickets are $250 each.

Dates and events subject to change. For more information, call the Babe Ruth Museum at (410) 727-1539.

RUTH CELEBRATION

This week, The Baltimore Sun prepares to celebrate the 100th birthday of Babe Ruth with features each day, including a commemorative section in Friday's paper. The Babe, who would have turned 100 years old on Feb. 6, was born just a few blocks from today's Oriole Park. He emerged from his Baltimore upbringing to become baseball's first great home run hitter, one of the dominant figures of the 1920s and an American sports legend. Follow the celebration of Baltimore's Babe each day this week.

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