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Babe Ruth Statue at Camden Yards

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S Eutaw Street and W Camden Street (Street View)

GPS: 39° 17′ 5.98″ N 76° 37′ 14.48″ W

Also known as “Babe’s Dream”


George Herman “Babe” Ruth was born in Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood in his grandparent’s home on February 6, 1895. He eventually was sent to Saint Mary’s Industrial School to learn the textile trade. Ruth played catcher and pitcher for the school creating attention with local scouts. He was signed by Jack Dunn to the then-minor league Baltimore Orioles in 1914. The Babe got his nickname when Dunn, who had become George’s legal guardian in order to sign him, was seen by his team with the young baseball player. The Oriole veterans dubbed him ‘Jack’s newest babe’, and the name stuck. On July 9, 1914, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. This statue was dedicated in 1998 and is by sculptor Susan Luery and New Arts Foundry in Hampden.


“Babe’s Dream” resides in a plaza south of Eutaw and Camden, in the northwest corner of Camden Yards. Also in the courtyard are a number of waist-high numerical sculptures commemorating famous ballplayers. The building to the immediate east of the plaza was once Camden Station and now houses the Sports Legends Museum. George Herman Ruth was born around the corner in a rowhouse at 216 Emory Street.



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February 20th, 2009 at 9:40 am