Museum set for weekend on the Babe


The Babe Ruth Museum will be host to "Babe Ruth Centennial Weekend II" on May 13-15, beginning with a card show and concluding with the unveiling of a Babe Ruth monument at Oriole Park.

The Babe Ruth Museum Baseball Card Show will take place May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor. Admission is $2.

The theme is Orioles world championship managers and will feature Hank Bauer and Earl Weaver of the 1966 and 1970 teams, respectively. Autographs will be signed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $4 each.

Orioles memorabilia, including the 1983 World Series trophy, will be on display. Show-goers will receive a two-for-one admission coupon to the Babe Ruth Museum and a Ruth collectible card.

On May 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., fans can meet three people who knew Ruth: his daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens; New York Yankees Hall of Fame broadcaster Mel Allen; and former Washington Senators pitcher Paul Hopkins, who threw the pitch Ruth hit for his 59th home run in 1927. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 5-16 and $3 for seniors.

On May 15 at noon, a luncheon honoring Babe Ruth: Baltimorean, will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor. Speakers will include Stevens, Allen, Gov. Parris Glendening, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, Peter Angelos, historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin, columnist/author George F. Will and author Robert Creamer.

Tickets are $50 for premium seating (which includes up-front luncheon seating and guaranteed seating at the statue unveiling) or $35 for regular seating. Proceeds will benefit the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation.

At 2 p.m., "Babe's Dream," a 9-foot monument of Babe Ruth in his 1914 Orioles uniform, will be unveiled, free to the public, at the Eutaw Street plaza entrance to Oriole Park.

The "Monumental" Babe Ruth Bay Cafe Bash will take place at 7 p.m., with food, music and a cash bar. Admission is $10. The cafe is at 2809 Boston St.

For information or tickets to any of these events, call the museum at (410) 727-1539.

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