Remember the TV show Gilligan’s Island? A group of tourists take what was supposed to be a ‘three-hour tour,’ get caught in a storm, and wind up as castaways on an uncharted island where they remain for years. Michael Gibbons was supposed to run the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore for one year, and for him it turned out to be a 37-year tour.
Gibbons may just know more about Babe Ruth than anyone alive. He is the focus of a chapter in my book BABE RUTH – A Superstar’s Legacy, now available on Amazon. And today my extensive interview with him is posted at www.BabeRuthLegacy.com.
He can tell you about meeting old-timers who actually played against a teenage Ruth in Baltimore before the pros beckoned.
He can neatly summarize what makes the Bambino so unique and such an icon, not only in the world of sports, but in the world. Period.
He can also provide a window into the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum, and all its fascinating displays. It is located in the very tenement house where Ruth was born in 1895.
Not far away is Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. While Ruth never played for the major-league Orioles, he is a native of the city and that’s why a huge 16-foot bronze sculpture of him stands at the ballpark.