Sunday, April 26, 2009

Baseball Place No. 50: Sports Legends Museum; and Place No. 50A: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

There was much more work to do on Camden Yards when we arrived for our tour in 1992, but we could already tell something special was happening there.

And that's before there were plans for the Sports Legends Museum in Camden Station.

Josh Pahigian takes us the for spot No. 50 in his "101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out."

The station sat empty from 1971 until renovated in 2005. We saw some of the artifacts when they were displayed at the Babe Ruth Museum, which is just a couple blocks away.

The stationis even closer, sitting perpendicular to the stadium's famous warehouseand just steps from the outfield.

Since the museum wasn't open in 1991, I must present an alternative.

Alternative place No. 50A: Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Like I said in the earlier post, the Orioles could not have been more gracious to us when we arrived for the Baltimore leg of our epic baseball rpad trip.

A staff member was assigned to give us a tour of the under-construction ballpark. We got to wear hard hats and everything.

The ballpark had not yet been properly named, even though it was popularly called "Camden Yards."
The spot for home plate was already designated.

The view of downtown was a very different from what fans saw from the upper deck at Memorial Stadium.

John got some great shots from the upper deck.

Check out the neat details on the seats.

The concourses were wide and open.

Camden Yards looked like it was going to be a spectacular ballpark, and I've love to get there again to see how it turned out.


G-Fafif said...

The Balto museum is highly recommended.

Great look inside OP@CY as it was blossoming. The first and still the best of its kind.

Anonymous said...

Camden Yards is awesome. Went in 1998, and I recommend that you enter the park via the Eutaw Street entrance in center field. The BBQ just billows on you, and it's like a festival, which is how it should always be when going to a game.

Couldn't tell you who won, but I can tell you that Rickey B Rickey of the visiting A's signed my O's program during BP -- best player I've ever gotten at a game, for free.

Anonymous said...

NEW YORK -- Mark Sanchez got his first applause at a New York area stadium -- Citi Field.

John Dunn / Associated Press
Jets QB Mark Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in the draft, threw out the first pitch at Citi Field on Monday.

Two days after he was selected by the Jets with the fifth overall pick of the NFL draft, Sanchez threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mets played the Florida Marlins on Monday night.

"I've seen a lot of, you know, public figures do things like that, mayors. This is pretty cool," Sanchez said. "It was a lobber, I played it pretty conservative. I was told that if I bounced it, I'd get booed right out of here."

Sanchez, a former high school pitcher and third baseman, said he'd been getting "the sideways glances" while making his way around the city.

"I got all my Jets stuff on. That's all I got. I have suits and Jets clothes. Not too incognito," he said.

He met some of the Mets players from California and warmed up in the batting cage next to the Mets clubhouse.

Sanchez even got to ride the No. 1 IRT train.

"I went on the subway and heard a guy. He's written some poetry and he was selling books. I heard some guys come on with guitars and started singing," Sanchez said. "A guy was asking for money for charities, so I got my fair share there, New York donations."

How could you not like this guy???