Ruth Heralded as Hometown Hero With Statue at Camden Yards
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 December 2007

Although Boston will forever dread the “Curse of The Bambino” and Yankee Stadium eternally known as “the House that Ruth built,” the most distinctive statue honoring Babe Ruth (714 career homers) is in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.  A statue outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, two blocks from his birthplace, commemorates The Babe’s contributions to the game.

The statue at the Eutaw Street (Gate H) entrance of Camden Yards roughly behind center field, where the majority of fans enter the ballpark, portrays Ruth during his days at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys.  It’s also where the Orioles honored their playing legends, including fellow 500 Home Run Club members Eddie Murray (504 career homers) and Frank Robinson (586 career homers) with five-foot tall aluminum numbers that correspond to their retired uniform numbers.

The extremely popular Eutaw Street promenade runs parallel to “The Warehouse” and separates it from the seating areas. During the early 1900's, Babe Ruth and his family lived at 406 Conway Street in what is now centerfield of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Babe's father operated Ruth's Cafe on the ground floor of the residence

Editor’s Notes: Standing 432 feet from home plate, the warehouse has only been hit by a batted ball on the fly once. That was in 1993 when fellow 500 Home Run Club member Ken Griffey, Jr. (593 career homers) hit a 445-foot shot while competing in the Home Run Derby contest during All-Star Game festivities.

A final 500 HRC landmark can be seen in Camden Yards, where a seat is painted orange in the Eutaw Street Reserve bleachers (Section 96, Row D, Seat 23) to mark the spot where Eddie Murray hit his 500th home run on September 6, 1996.

Japanese Fans Erect Statue Memorialize Babe’s Visit

A life-size, bronze statue of Babe Ruth was erected on the site of the former Yagiyama Baseball Field in Sendai to mark the occasion of The Bambino’s visit for a U.S.-Japan baseball game in November 1934.  The statue stands at the impact point of a mammoth longball that Ruth hit into the neighboring Yagiyama Zoological Park. This statue was erected in the modern day zoo with citizens' donations to the "Let's Build a Babe Ruth Statue in Former Yagiyama Field" committee.!Technorati!Newsvine!Blogmarks!Yahoo!