Jane Goodrick, left, and Joe Goodrick It's an annual birthday party that many die-hard baseball fans wouldn't miss, even though the "birthday boy" is long gone. Several hundred folks converged on the Sports Legends Museum for "Babe's Birthday Bash," celebrating the 119th birthday of Babe Ruth. "[He's] one of the most famous, iconic people in America, and he was born just two blocks from here," said Andy Ruvin, a Baltimore-based artist who was decked out in an Orioles jersey with sleeves made of orange and black armor. Guests made the rounds of the museum, playing games and grazing at a number of food and beverage stations, and then gathered in the main hall to honor this year's recipient of the Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award, the Orioles' Adam Jones. "Adam has been doing a lot of community work - especially with kids - ever since he got here," said Mike Gibbons, Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation executive director. "Babe Ruth loved children. So it was an easy connection this year because Adam loves kids. He has an affinity for them, just like the Babe did. The legacy continues." If you are planning a fundraising party that you would like considered for coverage, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Jackson, for The Baltimore Sun