The Baltimore Ruth Birthplace and Museum plans to mark George Herman “Babe” Ruth’s birthday with a three-day online celebration of Maryland’s sports heritage, from February 23 to 25, and former Orioles Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer and Boog Powell will headline the event.
This will be the 27th Annual Babe Ruth Birthday Bash, an event started by the museum to mark the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s birth in Baltimore on February 6, 1895, and celebrate other local sports heroes.
The new format makes the Babe Ruth museum the latest of several local attractions to shift from an in-person event to a virtual one in response to crowd restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Organizers of the Flower Mart announced last week that it was going virtual for 2021.
Shawn Herne, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, said in a statement that he hopes the change to a virtual event will enable the museum to reach more people this year, especially fans outside Maryland.
“For 26 years – since Babe Ruth’s 100th birthday in 1995 – Babe’s Birthday Bash has celebrated Baltimore’s native sons and daughters and commemorated Maryland’s sports heritage,” Herne said. “This year’s virtual format opens the event to sports fans here in Maryland and across the country, providing access to conversations with some of our state’s sports greats.” 
  
In addition to Robinson, Palmer and Powell, this year’s lineup includes:
·         Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde; 
·         University of Maryland coaches Mark Turgeon, Mike Locksley, and Brenda Frese; 
·         Ruth biographer Jane Leavy and historian Bill Jenkinson; 
·         Baseball Hall of Fame senior curator Tom Shieber  
·         Maryland native and former New York Yankee Mark Teixeira; and
·         Broadcasters Jon Miller, Joe Castiglione, Johnny Holliday and Roch Kubatko 
  
The event will be broadcast on a dedicated event website with an accompanying silent auction. The program is free but participants are required to get a ticket to watch the live Q&A sessions. Information can be found at the museum’s Facebook page. 
One highlight will be a Q&A session on February 25, in which Robinson, Palmer and Powell will talk with Miller about the 1970 Orioles World Series championship.
The non-profit Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation owns and operates the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, which is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history and archives of Babe Ruth, the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Colts, Baltimore Ravens and others.
 
The museum at 216 Emory Street is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is observing all local and federal health and safety protocols.
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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.