Babe Ruth’s Happy Birthday Delayed by Weather

The Babe would not be happy. After all, when baseball legend Babe Ruth was born 115 years ago Saturday in Baltimore one newspaper headline declared, “Taste of the Arctic.” The mercury would only reach 11 degrees. But the Babe became a babe that day anyway.

Today, with a “storm of potentially historic proportions” bearing down on the city, the Sports Legends Museum has decided to postpone Babe’s Birthday Bash, originally slated for tonight, and Happy Birthday Babe Saturday at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum.

Oh, what a difference 115 years makes. With no regard whatsoever for the weather, Ruth was born in a little, non-descript, red-brick townhouse apartment owned by his maternal grandparents, only blocks from Baltimore’s famed Camden Yards.

It was a precursor of the freeze he would bring to Boston a quarter-century later.

Aside from birthing the Babe, Baltimore also lays claim to Ruth’s start in the major leagues. The then-minor league Baltimore Orioles signed Ruth in 1912 and two years later he was headed for the show in Boston.

And what a show it was. With the Babe on board, the Red Sox won three World Series in four years. They were the best team in baseball. Then greed took over. I know you’re shocked about that. Modern baseball fans have never seen greed reach in and rip the heart out of a team. No, never. But back in those days it was common. Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee traded Ruth to the hated New York Yankees prior to the 1920 season for a handful of bucks. Ruth would go on to win seven more World Series with the damned Yankees. Boston wouldn’t win another World Series for 86 years.

Boston’s freeze wasn’t the Babe’s fault. According to The Baseball, Ruth was crushed by the trade. That didn’t stop him, of course, from crushing the ball for several more years.

The Babe’s Birthday Bash has been rescheduled for Feb. 12 and Happy Birthday Babe to Feb. 13. Keep this number handy, though, because winter isn’t over yet: Sports Legends Museum (410-727-1539).

Here is the original lineup for the weekend, now subject to change:

Here’s the info:

Babe’s Birthday Bash

Friday, February 5th, 2010 Friday, February 12th, 2010
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Sports Legends Museum
301 W. Camden Street, in the Camden Station building, next to Oriole Park and the B&O Warehouse.

Admission: $45 Museum Members; $55 Non-Members; $40 Ten or more together; $60 At the door

Admission includes:
Admission to Sports Legends Museum,
Food and Beverages
Door Prize
Parking at Camden Yards.

Emcee: Stan the Fan
Presentation of the Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award to Nick and Christina Markakis.

Group discussions with fans
Olympians Kimmie Meissner and Jessica Long, Maryland Football Coach Ralph Friedgen, and Maryland Baseball Coach Erick Bakich
Local Sports Celebrities: Former Baltimore Colts
Tom Matte,
Bruce Laird,
Stan White,
Joe Washington,
Sam Havrilak and
Howard Stephens; Maryland Field Hockey team with Coach Tjerk; and Towson Basketball Coach Pat Kennedy.
Raffle items include: Grey Road Orioles Authentic #21 Jersey autographed by Nick Markakis; Maryland-Duke Basketball Tickets (2) March 3rd Row 6; Hall-of-Fame Helmet signed by Art Donavan, John Mackey, & Gino Marchetti.

Happy Birthday Babe

Saturday February 06, 2010 Saturday February 13, 2010

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
216 Emory Street, three blocks west of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Just follow the 60 baseballs painted on the sidewalk from the stadium to the Museum.

Admission: $3
Following a short ceremony of cake and a champagne toast to celebrate Babe Ruth’s 115th birthday, historian and Ruthian author Bill Jenkinson will discuss the Babe’s continuing legacy as so many others have faded. Fans will then enjoy fresh-baked popcorn while feasting on a series of seldom-seen b/w film shorts featuring the Babe himself.

Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc.

Tom Pfeifer is the managing partner and chief strategist for Consistent Voice Communications. Reach him at


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