Sul­tan of Swat

Where Baltimore - - The Where Guide -

Babe Ruth en­tered the world in a tiny row house here, and an O’s man­ager gave him (George Herman) his first base­ball con­tract and his nick­name. Those events plus later glo­ries are re­counted at the Babe Ruth Birth­place Mu­seum (page 22).

See Babe’s first catcher’s mitt, the bat from his leg­endary 1927 sea­son and a list of his 714 home runs. A vin­tage film shows Ruth’s famed “called shot,” when he pointed to the out­field, then hit a home run. The endless loop doesn’t an­swer “was he ges­tur­ing to heck­lers or just be­ing a cocky show-off?”

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