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Ridgely's Delight in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

 
 
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 25, 2008
1. Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum Marker
Inscription.  
George Herman Ruth, better known to the world as Babe Ruth, baseball's famous "Sultan of Swat," was born here in the home of his maternal grandparents on February 6, 1895. Famous for his record-breaking statistics and flamboyant style, Babe was honored by the 1969 Baseball Centennial which named him the "Greatest Player Ever."

But life was not always so rosy. At the ripe old age of seven, Babe was judged "a hopeless incorrigible" and was packed off to St. Mary's Industrial School to learn the shirtmaking trade. There he remained for the better part of twelve years until February 1914, when Jack Dunn paid him $600 and became his legal guardian in order to whisk him away to play for the Baltimore Orioles.

That was the beginning of a legendary career. In the 22-years stint in the major leagues that followed, the Babe played in 2,503 games; coaxed 2,873 hits out of 8,396 times at bat, for a lifetime average of .342; pitched 23 winning games two seasons in a row; hit 506 doubles, 136 triples, and, in one year alone (1927), hammered 60 home runs.

Starting out as a left-handed catcher and pitcher at St. Mary's, Babe
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went on to become a savage hitter who made the home run baseball's ultimate weapon. He was the complete ballplayer. This house and the adjoining ones were preserved to honor him and the contributions he made to baseball. The museum opened on July 19, 1974.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. In addition, it is included in the Baseball Hall of Famers, and the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1877.
 
Location. 39° 17.137′ N, 76° 37.485′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in Ridgely's Delight. Marker is at the intersection of Emory Street and Dover Street, on the right when traveling south on Emory Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 216 Emory St, Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B. Robinson 5 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Herman (Babe) Ruth (about 600 feet away); Baltimore Infirmary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Davidge Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Free State Pub (approx. 0.2 miles away); Inner Harbor Lofts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Babe’s Dream
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 25, 2008
2. Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
(approx. ¼ mile away); National Independence in the Revolution and War of 1812 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Additional keywords. Major League Baseball, MLB
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,380 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on October 30, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 23, 2024