The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

Behind the Scenes

August 23, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To collect, preserve, interpret and display artifacts and documents that accurately portray the factual and legendary aspects of George Herman "Babe" Ruth, both as a baseball player and as a national folk hero. The museum also preserves and maintains the building, which is the only birthplace of an athlete listed as a National Historic Site. And the museum chronicles the history of the Baltimore Orioles baseball club and the history of baseball in Maryland.

Latest accomplishment: In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Babe Ruth's death, the museum took its first traveling display of the Bambino on the road in April for a 23-city tour of minor league and major league ballparks. Aug. 14, the museum opened its newest exhibit, "Still in the Spotlight after the Show: Babe Ruth's Life After Baseball, 1935-1948."

On the horizon: The museum's planned expansion into historic Camden Station at Oriole Park is in the final stages of design development and fund-raising. The project will feature interactive and educational displays and programs encompassing the museum's major exhibit themes: Babe Ruth, the Orioles and local baseball.

About the museum: Membership: 701 households. Attendance: 41,000 annually. Operating budget: $904,844.

Where and when: 216 Emory St., Baltimore. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, April through October; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Orioles' home-game days; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Call 410-727-1539.

Jill McGovern, chairwoman of the board of directors: "As the guardian of Babe Ruth's legacy and the official museum of the Baltimore Orioles, the Babe Ruth Museum showcases baseball's best and Baltimore's best. With Babe as an enduring cultural icon, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Baseball Center will enhance Baltimore's appeal as a tourist destination."

Members of the board

Marc J. Atas

Blain S. Baer

Eric J. Benzer

Jay M. Blumenthal

Douglas E. Brown

Robert Brown

Lester Buster

Bill Donovan

Rev. F. Lyman Farnham

Mike Flanagan

Joseph E. Foss

Mark Friedman

Stephen A. Geppi

John Haas

Jay Harris

Bob Hawkins

Robert S. Hillman

Michael Hodes

Karen Kauffman

Peter Kirk

Joe Little

Lawrence Lucchino

Charles L. Maker

John Mentzer

Clare Miller

Ernestine Miller

Tim Nordbrook

Henry D. Parker Jr.

Robert Pinkner

Fred Puddester

M. Delmar Ritchie

Arthur L. Silber

Francis E. Sliwka Jr.

Emma Stokes

Michael Styer

John Szymanski

Guy Tamberino

Otis Warren

Thomas Winstead

Pub Date: 8/23/98

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