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Baseball and 9/11: Day Three, Charm City in One Day, Part One…The Rails and The Babe

Baltimore MD. Also known as Charm City. When I venture into another city, thanks to one of the greatest inventions, the camera phone with endless memory (You can tell i’m not the greatest expert…), one thing I enjoy is getting a feel for the city I’m visiting, taking various pictures of just  about  anything that reflects that particular city. The best part is I know I’m not running out of film. As for battery life, well…


One thing I noticed during my stay in Charm City was the housing throughout the neighborhoods, old school brick right next to each other. I’m going to assume when these units we’re built the choice of brick was atop the list due to the harsh winter climates.

Another thing I like to do is capture a mural as well. Here’s one from a playground across the street from the museum I will be visiting…20190912_131413



The mural above honoring the neighborhood’s Irish history is one of a few historical points of interest in the neighborhood20190912_131452

The museum I would end up visiting was the B&O Railroad Museum. (The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is open Friday’s and Saturday’s). One of my non-sports fascinations is trains, especially classic trains. Being that the yard I’ll be visiting for the second time in three days is known for having a restored building that once was a focal point of the old B&O rail, it’s only appropriate I pay a visit to the B&O Railroad Museum. 



Can you imagine commuter rail and Amtrak employees carrying one of those classics…


If you look at marker number 1 that’s where the B&O building that frames Camden Yards is located. You can see how many city blocks we’re cleared to make room for Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Click here to view more before and after pictures of the area around Camden Yards…


An old rustic caboose on a track leading into the roundhouse….



Playin’ on the tracks with Blue Dog. I never did pay attention as a kid when I was told to never play on the tracks…



Gotta support the locals…


Hey Blue Dog ! I thought I told you to stay off the tracks !!!


After spending a good couple plus hours taking in the sights of vintage trains and other vintage rail antiques dating back to the Civil War days, what next, watch 45 cruise through Charm City or pay The Babe a visit? Is that worth answering?


Whether you’re a fan of that Evil Empire from The Bronx or not any baseball fan passing through The Bambino’s hometown should make it a point to stop by The Babe’s birthplace, The Babe Ruth Birthplace and MuseumLocated about a 15 minute walk from Camden Yards, don’t expect to spend more than an hour at The Bambino’s childhood birthplace. But do take your time in soaking in the history inside Babe’s home and it’s glory…




For all his glory he only won one more World Series title with the Yankees after winning three in Boston. However, we all know the story of 1918…


Babe’s kimono as he and other MLB All-Stars would tour Japan during the off-season. Looking at the size of that kimono you’d think he’d be a sumo wrestler…



Right behind me, the Babe’s childhood neighborhood…Let’s take a look at some more local artwork before we walk on over to the yard…

20190912_163706Baltimore. Home of The Birds…

So the first part of Day Three In Charm City gives us a historic tour of the rails connection to Baltimore’s baseball history and a stroll through The Babe’s childhood neighborhood. Time to head back toward Camden Yards for my second game of the three game series…

Next up: Part Two…Back To The Yards





Opening Series Countdown… 3

steve_sax_1981 Steve Sax. Dodger 2nd baseman from 1981-1988. Sax would be the last of 4 consecutive Dodgers to win Rookie of the Year awards from 1979-1982, the previous 3 being Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, and Fernando Valenzuela .

baberuth Oh yeah, there was another baseball player who once wore the number 3. He was also a coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers as well for one season. Speaking of Ruth coaching, Julia Ruth Stevens, daughter of Babe Ruth, 97 years young, recently told of how the Sultan of Swat, if given the opportunity, would have broken baseball’s color line before Jackie Robinson did as told here in a recent article from the New York Times .

Happy Birthday Kershaw !!!


And Finally….

VinKoala Words just can’t caption this….

Honoring Dr. King, Jackie, and Hank, and Dre Goes Through Heartbreak ( AGAIN )


From Dodgers.com , two of the most influential Americans who left a huge impact on society, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackie Robinson.

And for you ballpark travelers or travelers in general…

When visiting Atlanta on your ballpark excursions to see the Dodgers, or your favorite team, youbmay want to pay a visit tothe Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta’s Auburn district, Dr. Kings childhood neighborhood.  Mass is held there once a year on the day of his birthday.  It is open yearound for visitors to walk inside and pay tribute.  This was taken in 2007.  While I was inside, audio clips of some of Dr. King’s speeches, including his ” I Have a Dream ” speech we’re played. 


You’ll also want to stop by the statue of Hammerin’ Hank in Turner Fields outfield concourse.  Hank Aaron is another icon who during his playing days endured plenty of racial hatred, including death threats during his chase of Babe Ruth’s home run record.  Speaking of, if you should ever arrive to a Braves game early, you may want to check out the empty parking lot across Turner Fields outfield entrance.  Why ?


That empty lot has the baseball outlines of the Braves old home, Fulton County Stadium.  If you’re with a couple of buddies, you may even want to re-enact the night Hank Aaron hit home run 715 .  One of you could be Hank, and two of you could be the two guys trailing Hank in this famous picture.  Or you could just do it solo and play the part of Hank.

More Heartbreak For Dre

Well, as of yesterday, football season is over for me.  And for the 2nd time in 3 months, I find myself heartbroken over the fact my team came , oh so.close.  And just like in October with the Dodgers, the Niners being ousted on a drive killing interception caused by Niner nemesis Richard Sherman has me pained, and heartbroken.  Oh well.  It was a great year for my 49ERS, who came 18 yards of becoming only the 1st team to win back to back conference championships on the road.  Oh so close…..  If you’re questioning why i’m a Niner fan, well, i’m not the only one in Dodger Blue who backs the Niner Faithful….


Well Matt, dare I say it….. How many days ’til baseball season starts ? 

Tweet from Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) Congrats to Kershaw and This Day In History…

Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) tweeted at 1:00 PM on Mon, Apr 08, 2013: Clayton Kershaw (@ClaytonKersh22) has been named the National League Player of the Week! http://t.co/SHkB1Tmv31 (https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/321351797014937601) Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw on being named NL Player of the week !!! Kershaw went 2-0, striking out a total of 16 batters and even displayed some heavy lumber , smashing his first career homer in the 8th inning of Opening Day against the hated Giants !!!! Here’s to another great season KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKershaw !!!! On This Day, 1974 Hank Aaron would belt home run #715 off of Dodger starter Al Downing, surpassing the previous home run record set by Babe Ruth….


The marker from old Fulton County Stadium where Hank’s historic home run landed


The image of the two Braves fans trailing Hank. Imagine this happening today ? Thank god these we’re just ordinary fans who just wanted to celebrate with Hammerin’ Hank…. Oh yeah, check out Bill Russell and Davey Lopes


Outlines of the old Fulton County Stadium infield, May 2007. When I took this pic I had visions of the two fans and Hank. If you should catch a Dodgers/Braves game at Turner Field, or any game, you can catch a glimpse of this historical landmark across the street from the Braves yard. Come early though because this is used as a parking lot for Braves games….