Sports are an integral part of American life, just behind apple-pie-scented leather jackets and televisions shaped like Benjamin Franklin’s head. Uncover the complexities of competition with today’s Groupon: for $12, you and a guest get admission to the Sports Legends and Babe Ruth Birthplace museums (up to a $24 value). Both museums are located near Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum provide athletics addicts with a one-two punch of sporting history, using priceless artifacts and multimedia exhibits to illuminate the lives and deeds of some of America’s greatest athletic heroes. Visit the Sultan of Swat’s first home, also known as The House That Built Ruth, to view the bedroom in which he was born, relics such as his childhood catcher’s mitt, and exhibits touching on his professional accomplishments and personal life.
A few blocks east, the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards incites fan fervor with its own exhibitional enticements, which cover 22,000 square feet and focus on the entire pantheon of players, teams, and personalities that have made Maryland sports history. Nine Innings of Orioles Baseball details the history of the hometown hardball franchise with the help of memorabilia such as the 1983 World Series trophy and the banners used to document Cal Ripken Jr.’s consecutive-games-played record, while Johnny Unitas: The Best There Ever Was explores the life, times, and crew cuts of the iconic Colts quarterback.
Number five on ESPN’s list of the top 10 baseball museums, the Sports Legends Museum also serves as the home of the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame, providing artifacts and intel related to the state’s most celebrated swimmers, baseballers, lacrosseurs, and other great game-players. Both museums are housed in historical buildings—the Babe Ruth Birthplace in an aged row house and the Sports Legends Museum in the more-than-150-year-old Camden Station—making them ideal destinations for sports buffs and forensic tuckpointers alike.
Although reviews are still growing for the Sports Legends and Babe Ruth Birthplace museums, local and national press including ESPN mention them, and Frommer's and the Baltimore Sun have written up the Sports Legend Museum:
- Whether it's a walk down memory lane honoring the players, teams and moments from years past, or enjoying the culture of today's local sports scene, Sports Legends Museum offers something for fans of all ages. – Baltimore Sun
- But where else can you find high-school and college sports teams represented, along with a history of stadiums in Baltimore? Bring your camera if you bring your kids: The locker room has uniforms to try on, and you're going to want a photo in that way-too-big Ravens jersey. – Frommer's