Renovated Babe Ruth Birthplace to reopen Friday

The front of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, shown in July 2014.
The front of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, shown in July 2014. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

After an extensive renovation of its Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum on 216 Emory St., the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation announced plans on Wednesday to reopen the baseball shrine Friday at 10 a.m. The renovation, which brings the attraction into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, includes a new main entrance and lobby on the north (Dover Street) side of the building, an elevator that provides access to public galleries on the first and second floors as well as to the third-floor offices, and redone public restrooms. Exhibit galleries have been upgraded and refreshed, with new installations featuring Ruth's "Called Shot" home run theater and a display on his favorite radio show, "The Lone Ranger," including the radio Ruth listened to in his New York Riverside Drive apartment and the complete Lone Ranger costume worn by Clayton Moore for the mid-1950s TV series. Ruthian artifacts such as his 1914 rookie baseball card, his Catholic rosary, and the wrong-handed catcher's mitt he used at St. Mary's Industrial School in Baltimore, will return to public display. The Babe Ruth Birthplace will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to 6 p.m. on Orioles home game days. Admission costs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children 3-12. Street parking is available, as well as limited parking on the museum's lot in the 600 block of W. Pratt St.



Terps' Shawaryn named a first-team All-American

Maryland right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn earned All-America first-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Shawaryn, who was a sophomore, finished the season with a 13-2 record and a 1.71 ERA. His 138 strikeouts broke the single-season school record, and his 13 single-season wins are the most in Maryland history.


More baseball: Shawaryn was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-East first team. The All-Atlantic first team included Navy junior outfielder Sean Trent and Navy junior pitcher Luke Gillingham; UMBC junior pitcher Conrad Wozniak made the second team.

Maryland Pride: The Maryland Pride Tour will make a stop today at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature a short program about the athletic programs followed by an opportunity for attendees to mingle with department staff. Coaches Randy Edsall (football), Mark Turgeon (men's basketball), Brenda Frese (women's basketball), Missy Meharg (field hockey), Steve Aird (volleyball), Diana Cantu (women's golf), Daria Panova (women's tennis) and Jonathan Morgan (women's soccer) are scheduled to attend, as will athletic director Kevin Anderson. Chris Knoche, the men's basketball radio analyst, will be the emcee. Appetizers and giveaways will be provided by the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund at the Marriott. For information, contact the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund at 301-314-7020 or TerrapinClub@umd.edu.

Women's lacrosse: Coach Lisa Valentine resigned as St. Mary's coach after compiling a 49-39 record over five seasons to become the coach at Christopher Newport. She is a 2006 graduate of Maryland and was a four-year player for the Terps. In her freshman year, Maryland went to the national semifinals.

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5 from McDonogh among US Lacrosse All-Americans

Twenty-five Baltimore-area girls lacrosse players are among 450 nationwide named US Lacrosse High School All-Americans Wednesday. The players, chosen from 67 US Lacrosse chapters across the country, are selected by local coaches and representatives of the chapter and for their "superior skills and techniques and ... exceptional game sense and knowledge." No. 1 McDonogh led the way with five All-Americans, including three first-team selections: Elizabeth George, Brindi Griffin and Olivia Jenner. For a list of the girls named All-Americans from the Greater Baltimore and Western Maryland chapters, go to baltimoresun.com.varsity letters. The Chesapeake Chapter, in Anne Arundel County, also has some All-Americans, but a US Lacrosse official said they had not been received yet.

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Men's soccer: Rubio Rubin scored early in the second half, Zack Steffen (Maryland) saved an 81st-minute penalty kick, and the United States beat Colombia, 1-0, on Wednesday in Wellington, New Zealand, to reach the Under-20 World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2007. The United States will play Serbia on Sunday in Auckland, New Zealand, and the winner advances to a semifinal against Germany, Nigeria or Mali. ... The United States announced its 35-player preliminary roster for next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup. It includes defender Omar Gonzalez (Maryland) and midfielders Kyle Beckerman (Arundel) and Graham Zusi (Maryland).

BMX: The USA BMX East Coast Nationals, featuring more than 1,200 riders, will be Friday through Sunday at Chesapeake BMX Severn-Danza Park at 750 Donaldson Ave. For information, go to chesapeakebmx.com or to usabmx.com and click on the Events tab.

NBA: Dick Motta was awarded the NBA Coaches Association Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. Motta, who is 12th in games won with 935, coached the Washington Bullets to the championship in 1977-78.

Men's basketball: Point guard Nevell Provo, an incoming freshman for Loyola Maryland, was named to Canada's Under-19 team that will compete at the FIBA World Championships this month in Greece.

Minor league baseball: The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs promoted general manager Patrick Day to president and GM.


Ice hockey: Howard Community College is forming an ice hockey team. For information, email hccdragonsicehockey@gmail.com.

Golf: Anna Bieganowska (Howard) was one of 28 students to receive a Jimmy Rane Foundation scholarship. She hopes to study criminal justice at Maryland.

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