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Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, Baltimore

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George Herman “Babe” Ruth was born February 6, 1895 at 216 Emory Street, a Baltimore row house that is now just a long fly ball from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The property was leased by Babe’s maternal grandfather, Pius Schamberger, who made his living as an upholsterer.

By the late 1960s, the property and adjoining three row-house structures had fallen into disrepair and were scheduled for demolition. Hirsh Goldberg, press secretary for Baltimore’s Mayor Theodore McKeldin, launched a successful campaign to save and restore the Birthplace, which opened to the public as a national shrine in July, 1974. The not-for-profit Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. was formed to govern the operation. Exhibits depicting the Historic House and life and times of Babe Ruth were installed with the help of Babe’s widow, Claire; his two daughters, Dorothy and Julia; and his sister, Mamie, who was also born at 216 Emory Street.

In 1983, the operation expanded to become the official museum of the Baltimore Orioles, the team that signed Ruth to his first professional contract. At that time, the Foundation began formally operating as the Babe Ruth Museum. In 1985 the Mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, designated the Museum as the official archives of the Baltimore Colts, who had departed the previous year for Indianapolis.
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  • If you're American then you must love baseball, right? It was so cool walking thru the home where Babe Ruth was born. From the room he was actually born in to various items he's accommodated in his ti...  more »
  • The price I thought as a couple dollars too much, but the museum was quite good. There are several short films throughout worth the time to watch them including the "called shot" from the 1932 World S...  more »
  • This was the first time we'd had a couple days on our own in Baltimore so this was a must-see for us. Well done exhibits, great staff, good visit. 
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  • Awesome! They have some neat old memorabilia and lots of good info. $15 a ticket though.
  • If you are a baseball fan this is a definite stop otherwise it has some historic significance. The place can be walked through in 15 minutes. So for me, it was okay.
  • This is a hidden gem near Camden Yards, a must-see for any baseball fan. I thought I knew a lot about The Babe, but I learned a few things during this visit (no spoilers here!). A few components of the visit seem dated and could use some freshening, but it's clear the museum is working on a small budget.
  • The Babe Ruth Museum located near The Charm'tastic Mile is great place to visit to pay homage to one of the great sport icons of all-time. Babe Ruth & Muhammad Ali are at the top of my list.
  • Great side trip before the game. Took about an hour and a half to see everything, well worth the short walk from the ballpark for any true baseball fan.