50 years of photos by fans on display at Ruth museum

Birds' attire on exhibit

Saturday series set

Family: events, activities

April 15, 2004|By Greg Romano | Greg Romano,SUN STAFF

With today marking the 50th anniversary of the Baltimore Orioles' first opening day, many O's fans can't help but recall the great teams of the past, while also looking ahead to the team's future.

But with the Orioles on the road, where can fans get a taste of their team besides on television? The answer is right here: the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.

If you haven't made your way to the museum, there is no better time than now. Today the exhibit Bird Watchers: A Fan's Eye View opens, celebrating the anniversary.

The exhibit features photographs taken by the fans in the past 50 years, from the Opening Day Parade in 1954 to as recently as last season.

In addition, the exhibit includes team-signed baseballs from each year since 1954, as well as the 1970 Orioles' World Series Trophy.

Fans will also see how the O's uniforms have evolved.

Even though the Babe will always be known as a Yankee, right now his home is the best place to see the Orioles from a different perspective.

The museum is also playing host to a Summer Saturday Series. Each event begins at noon.

April 24: Covering the Orioles in the 1950s

Listen as former sports reporter Bob Maisel and baseball historian Jim Bready talk about covering the Baltimore Orioles, including the 1954 inaugural season.

May 8: Field of Dreams: Baseball in the Movies

Gabriel Wardell, an American Film Institute representative and host of Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre, will show clips from and discuss the greatest baseball movies.

May 15: Angel in the Dugout

While the Anaheim Angels are in town, manager Mike Scioscia stops by to discuss his life in baseball and his experience managing the 2002 world champion Angels.

June 5: Life on the Road

Tampa Bay TV play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats will talk about his job and the travel that goes along with it during the season.

July 10: Baltimore's Breweries and Baseball

Baltimore folklorist Turkey Joe Traber will show slides and talk about the relationship between Baltimore's bars and baseball teams.

July 24: Mascots

The Oriole Bird, Ferrous from the Iron Birds and Louie from Bowie are scheduled to appear to help you learn about the lovable creatures from your favorite teams.

The museum is at 216 Emory St. Museum admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 5-16, and free for children under 5. Admission to the Summer Saturday Series is free with museum admission. Call 410-727-1539 for more information.

For more family events, see Page 42.

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