The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation recently announced several events that will celebrate the 118th anniversary of Ruth’s birth in Baltimore on February 6, 1895. The Foundation will premiere a short film, “O” Say Can You See: The Star Spangled Banner in Sports at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Additionally, the annual Babe’s Birthday Bash will take place on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, where the Foundation will debut its 2013 Members Valuing Preservation (MVP) team membership program.
“O” Say Can you See: The Star Spangled Banner in Sports, was created by the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation in cooperation with the city-wide effort to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812 and the battle of Fort McHenry in September, 1814. The film will employ a new technology that projects images onto multiple surfaces creating a high-tech film experience. The film concludes with a composite rendition of the Banner, featuring bits of the song as performed by various artists and bands at sporting events.
“Many people are not aware of the historical connection of the Star Spangled Banner to sports, much less its connection to Babe Ruth,” said Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation. “For instance, one thing you’ll learn from the film was that Babe Ruth was the pitcher during the first game of the 1918 World Series in Chicago in which President Woodrow Wilson requested the song to honor World War One wounded veterans who attended the game.”
On February 9, 2013, in addition to the film premiere, author Morris Eckhouse will host a special program about Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot,” one of baseball’s most mythic and iconic moments at 11:00 a.m. at the Birthplace. Eckhouse has written and spoke about sports for over 30 years, and is the co-author of seven books. A birthday cake celebration in honor of Ruth will take place at 12:30 p.m., followed by an additional historical program at 1:30 p.m.
The Foundation will also launch its new membership campaign entitled MVP (Members Valuing Preservation) at its annual Babe’s Birthday Bash on Friday, February 8, 2013. Members of the MVP team will receive enhanced membership premiums, featuring a limited edition Babe Ruth bobblehead, along with additional membership benefits that include admission to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and Sports Legends Museum, 20% discounts on museum store merchandise, special membership pricing for events, members-only access to priceless artifacts from the museum’s collection, free passes for family and friends, and much more. There are several membership levels available for individuals, families and groups. For more information on specific membership packages, click here.
The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation owns and operates both Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace.