If you have even an inkling of interest in the Baltimore sports scene, the Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore is a must do experience. The museum is extensive – we expected to spend about an hour walking through the museum but 2 hours later we were still absorbing the hundred years of Baltimore sports history!
We learned that the Baltimore Orioles:
- moved from St. Louis to Baltimore in 1954
- last won the World Series in 1983
- have an “Orioles Hall of Fame” that includes former players such as Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken, Earl Weaver, Brady Anderson, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Harold Baines
- former third baseman Brooks Robinson was nicknamed “Hoover” because he scooped up everything that came his way – kind of like a vacuum cleaner
- former shortstop Cal Ripken wore number 8 (which happens to be our family lucky number :)) and is known as the “Iron Man” because he played in 2,632 consecutive baseball games
We learned that the Baltimore Ravens:
- moved to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996
- won Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001
- first 2 draft picks were Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis and both are considered Hall of Famers
- the previous football team in Baltimore was the Baltimore Colts and they moved to Indianapolis in 1984
- one of the greatest players in Baltimore football history was Johnny Unitas who was known as “The Golden Arm” and holds the record of 47 consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass
We enjoyed the various movies that were available to provide us with glimpses of Baltimore’s sports history. There was also a dress up room where the girls could put on baseball gear and football gear.
This museum is probably enjoyed most by an older generation who remembers the “good old days” of the Orioles or the Baltimore football teams but we were able to introduce G & K to the Baltimore sports history which may help them understand the passion that many people feel for their home town teams.
Time spent: About 2 hours (could have spent more time but we were all getting tired)
Cost: $32 ($20 for tickets (we used a coupon from an Entertainment Book), $12 for parking)