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Transcription of Interview - Babe Ruth Museum



CR: Baseball is America’s past time, and here in Baltimore there is a rich baseball history. Some of that history can be found in a museum right here in the heart of Baltimore.
LW: There was a Major League team, the Baltimore Orioles and they were probably one of the best teams in the Major Leagues in the 1890’s. They won 3 or 4 pennants consecutively.
CR: The museum is called, “The Babe Ruth Museum.”
LW: Babe Ruth is from here, a lot of people don’t realize that, they just associate him with the Yankees and New York, but Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore, played for the Orioles, was discovered by the owner of the Orioles, and really changed the way we look at baseball.
CR: So, one of baseball’s most legendary names is from right there in our own backyard? But how did he get his own museum?
LW: This building was set to be torn down in the late 1960's. It was the house Babe Ruth was born in in 1895 and the mayor's press secretary knew what this address was, put out a press release, and it got picked up with the wire services, and people from all over the country started sending in their money to save Babe Ruth's house. So, in 1974, we opened as a shrine to Babe Ruth.
CR: So, the museum is housed in the actually house where Babe Ruth was born?
LW: The museum is made up of four rowhouses and the rowhouse with the wooden floor and the brick façade is the actual house where he was born in 1895.
CR: So, lots of people want to see Babe Ruth’s house huh?
LW: We get between 35 and 40 thousand a year, with the majority of them coming during baseball season.
CR: So, this is a pretty popular place. But, what makes it special to Baltimore?
LW: It is the only museum that we know of in the entire world that is the birthplace of an athlete designated as a National Shrine. So, the fact that it is the house where Babe Ruth was born and also, the fact that Orioles Park is only two blocks away and Babe's father owned a saloon in what is now short center field, there is all these different ties that put baseball and Baltimore and Babe Ruth together.
CR: So, he was born here, but did he ever really play here?
LW: He only played for one season, and then Jack Dunn ran into financial difficulties and had to sell his best players. So, he sold Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore and Ben Egen to the Boston Red Sox.
CR: So, not only did this larger then life man grow up right here in Baltimore, he also lived every kids dream of playing for the hometown team. So, of course he is deserving of his own museum... but is it really all his?
LW: In 1983, we expanded our mission to include the Orioles, in 85 we added the Baltimore Colts and last year we added Johnny Unitas.
CR: So, there it is Baltimore, a museum that celebrates our teams, and our players. So, if one night you are down by Camden Yards, walk the two blocks to Emory Street and visit the past, and see the legend of the ban they called “Babe”.
LW: Yankee or no Yankee, we should be proud. We should be proud that Babe Ruth is from here.
CR: And, we are.