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In the rough-and-tumble baseball of the 1890s, Baltimore rose to the top with skill and guile
A century ago, Baltimore was a bustling, brawling, blue-collar city of 500,000, teeming with trolleys and privies and chimneys that belched coal smoke. The skyline was beveled by breweries and churches. Cardinal Gibbons and Enoch Pratt were people, not places. And George Herman Ruth (1 year old) was really The Babe.
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun
July 7, 1996