Sultan of Swat
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?”