From Ruth to Shriver, Ripken to Phelps, Baltimore and its suburbs have sprouted some of the best athletes in sports history.
So we decided to take a look back at some of those athletes when they were still kids growing up in Baltimore — before they were household names.
The Sun's archives include a plethora of photos of young high school talents before they were superstars. These photos include a few of students when they were named to The Sun's all-metro teams, and some are the first published images of these athletes.
This gallery houses all of the photos we unearthed. But below, we've broken them down by era.