By Zach Sparks
A private reception was held on October 1st to officially open the new gallery. It is now open to the public along with the displays that have been put on view since the museum’s inception.
Many casual fans are coming to visit the Sports Legends Museum to catch a glimpse of the past and present of sports in Maryland.
“There’s some history from the Colts and their great game in the 50’s, and football up until the present day Ravens,” said Dan Files, 19, of Timonium, Maryland. “There’s some history on Babe Ruth and baseball up until the present day Orioles. There’s a great myriad of items and a plethora of wealth.”
The 22,000 square foot museum was opened on May 14th, 2005 with Julia Ruth Stevens, the daughter of Babe Ruth, among the many sports enthusiasts in attendance.
The museum includes 17 exhibits and contains artifacts and other items from the Orioles, Colts, Terrapins, Ravens, and Blast as well as various high school and college teams.
The championship trophies from the 1966 and 1970 orioles and the 1968 colts highlight the group of artifacts.
Ravens team President Dick Cass, Senior VP of Public and Community Relations Kevin Byrne, and many others were on hand to unveil the new section.
Many fans are pleased with the outcome.
“My overall impression of the various exhibits was that clearly (the museum staff) have put a good amount of effort into it,” Files said. “Having lived in Baltimore, and you didn’t even need to, you could tell there’s a great amount of pride within the museum.”
The museum also links to a group of artifacts from the Babe Ruth museum which also serves as looking glass into the heydays of Baltimore sports.
The Babe Ruth museum includes a memento to the members of the 500 home run club, a replica of the room where Ruth was born, and a room detailing the personal life of America’s most infamous athlete.
Anthony won a national championship in college with Syracuse in 2003 and Phelps has become a household name on the grand stage of the Olympics by winning a record-setting eight gold medals.
The Sports Legends Museum has hosted a wide array of events over the last few years and has given fans the chance to meet with their sports heroes.
Cal Ripken Jr. has visited the museum on several occasions and was present alongside Eddie Murray for a fireside chat with the fans on February 4th, 2009. All attendees were given an autographed item exclusively for the event and were also granted pictures with Cal and Eddie.
Hall of fame catcher Yogi Berra and current Maryland Terrapins coach Gary Williams are some of the other athletes and coaches to headline events at the museum.
Sports Legends museum has given the city of Baltimore a link to its past as well as opportunities to meet and greet their icons.
Dan Files acknowledged that he is just one of many pleased fans and encourages others to go and see the storied museum.
“It was a great experience and one of which all ages can learn a great amount on.”