$125,000 raised for Ruth Museum

Reunion event attracts group of 60 former Colts

Memorabilia

October 27, 2002|By Mike Klingaman | Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF

A recent tribute that reunited 60 former Baltimore Colts raised $125,000 for the Babe Ruth Museum, which is the archive for the period when the team played in the city.

An auction of sports memorabilia raised $18,000; the rest came from ticket sales. About 750 people attended, including 60 former players accompanied by wives and others. The event was held Tuesday at the Wyndham Hotel downtown.

Part of the proceeds will go toward the preservation of Colts archives at the museum and part for educational purposes such as children's activities. The remainder goes to the general operating budget.

"It was an absolute success," said Laurie Ward, public relations director of the museum. "I think the players had felt like orphans. Now they have a touchstone, a central place to meet and keep track of each other.

"The Babe would have approved. He loved football; his daughter said that he used to take her to Giants games in New York, after he retired."

The birthplace of Babe Ruth became the official museum of the Baltimore Orioles in 1983 and of the Colts in 1985. The NFL franchise played here from 1950 until 1983; the owner moved it to Indianapolis in 1984.

An exhibit, "Johnny Unitas: The Babe Ruth of the NFL," opened this week: one entitled "The Baltimore Colts: Almost Religion," remains open. The Hall of Fame quarterback, who died Sept. 11, donated his personal memorabiliia to the museum in March. Tuesday's event included a special tribute to Unitas and his family.

For information about the museum, go to www.baberuthmuseum.com or call 410-727-1539.

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