John Heim, the coordinator of the Babe Ruth Museum's centennial celebration, spoke with The Sun's Jamison Hensley about the weekend salute to Babe Ruth from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, which ends the yearlong salute to Ruth's 100th birthday.
What will the weekend include?
There will be a card show for the three days, a memorabilia show at the [Fifth Regiment] Armory and a gala on Sept. 30.
Who came up with the idea of a year-ending celebration?
The card show was my idea and originally planned from the start. Deb Kennedy, who is on the board, came up with the idea of a crab feast at Memorial Stadium, which became a black tie event at Du Burns Arena in Canton.
What will the gala involve?
It's a night with the stars. People will get a chance to rub elbows with some former players, broadcasters and other important people. (Celebrities expected to attend include Ken Burns, Gov. Parris Glendening, Peter Angelos, Boog Powell, Cal and Vi Ripken Sr., Brady Anderson, Phil Regan, Phil Rizzuto, George Kell, Brooks Robinson, Lou Brock, Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Al Kaline, Harold Baines, Mike Flanagan, Al Bumbry, Harmon Killebrew, Chuck Thompson, Ernie Banks, Luis Aparicio, Steve Carlton, Warren Spahn and Fred Manfra.) People will also get to bid in a silent auction on items that will only be available at the gala.
What's the biggest attraction at the card show?
The biggest enticement is the game-worn uniforms from each of the 14 players who have hit 500 home runs, which are owned by the collector Barry Halper.
The card show is expected to be the largest gathering of Hall of Famers outside of a Cooperstown induction. How tough was it to get the Hall of Famers to attend?
It wasn't as tough as people might think. We had enough time to see who could attend. They are former players, so it's their jobs now.
How can tickets be purchased?
Tickets for the card show can be bought by calling (914) 576-2900 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $5 per day and $10 for a three-day pass. Gala tickets, which are priced at $150 or $250 to sit with a Hall of Famer, can be be charged by phone (410) 727-1539.