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Notable People & Places

Stories about famous people and places in Baltimore.

Baltimore’s Camden Station in 1872

Old photo of Baltimore's Camden Station in 1872. Incredible details in a high quality image.

Verda Welcome: 1st African-American State Senator

Verda Welcome was a Maryland politician. Welcome was the first black woman to be elected to a state senate. She survived an assassination attempt in 1964.
Baltimore, MD--October 1983--Eddie Murray is shown at the victory parade after the Orioles won the 1983 World Series. (Sun file photo.)

We Miss Eddie Murray

Eddie Murray was the best, especially in 1983. We really miss him and those winning Orioles.

Sad Final Days of Memorial Stadium

This old photo from sometime in the 1990s shows the beloved old Memorial Stadium from the inside. The field is overgrown and the not a soul in the stands. Source: Library of Congress
Harry S Truman addressing the crowd at a train stop in Baltimore in June of 1948. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

President Truman’s Whistle-Stop Campaign in 1948

We came across a great photo of President Truman on a train in Baltimore, so we did a little digging. Here’s the article that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun on June 19th, 1948....
Monument commemorating the Battle of North Point, Calvert Street and Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland (1846)

Incredible 1846 Photo of Battle Monument

This fascinating old photo from 1846 shows the Battle Monument on North Calvert. It was taken by John Plumbe who also took this incredible photo of the White House, the earliest known photo of...
AERIAL VIEW OF STATION, YARDS AND BONDED WAREHOUSE, LOOKING NORTHWEST - Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Camden Station, South side of Camden Street between Eutaw & Howard Streets, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

Early 1970s Aerial View Before Oriole Park at Camden Yards

What a fascinating series of photos showing the site if Camden Yards in the 1970s.
Beautiful aerial view of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. May 6th, 2011

Why Is It Named Oriole Park at Camden Yards?

Dedicated in 1992, it was the first of the new wave of retro-style ballparks. The one built just prior to Camden Yards was New Comiskey Park (i.e., U.S. Cellular Field) for the Chicago White...
Earl Weaver 1980

Earl Weaver Loses It In 1980

This is classic Earl Weaver. Thanks to our friend Marty for sending this in some time ago. We’re just now getting around to sharing it with the community.  

Photo of 1897 Pennant-Deciding Game Between Boston and Baltimore

This photo shows the deciding game of the 1897 National League season with the Boston Beaneaters taking the pennant from the Baltimore Orioles, in Baltimore at Union Park (also known as Oriole Park III)....
CIvil War map of Patterson Park

Civil War Map of Camp Patterson Park

How cool is this old map from the Civil War? It shows Camp Patterson Park, including a directory of soldiers. Fascinating.
Mt. Vernon Place

Mt. Vernon Place Frozen in Time (1903)

What a terrific old photo of Mt. Vernon Place. This was taken in 1903. Source: Library of Congress

Film Footage of Teddy Roosevelt in Baltimore

Check this out. It shows Teddy Roosevelt in Baltimore on September 28th, 1918 for the fourth Liberty Loan campaign at the old Oriole Baseball Park. He’s wearing a mourning armband for his son Quentin,...

5-Year-Old Babe Ruth’s Family in the 1900 Census

This is a really cool find. It shows the Ruth family, living at 339 South Woodyear St. in Baltimore, back in 1900. Ruth Sr. at the time was a lightning rod salesman. It’s tiny,...

Babe Ruth’s 1920 Passport Application

How cool is this? What a great find on Ancestry.com. We came across the Bambino’s 1920 application for a passport that fall, because he was traveling to Cuba to play in some barnstorming games....
unveiling of Lafayette statue

President Coolidge Attends Unveiling of Lafayette Statue

Here’s a great photo that we dug up showing Calvin Coolidge attending the unveiling and dedication of the Lafayette Statue in Mount Vernon Place. This took place on September 6th, 1928, the 171st anniversary...

Woodrow Wilson and the 1883 Johns Hopkins Glee Club

What a cool photo! This shows Woodrow Wilson with his buddies on the Johns Hopkins Glee Club in 1883. Source: Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Flickr
JFK and Jackie in Dallas, 1963

Local Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Kennedy

Source: Baltimore Post-Examiner We wrote the other day about Kennedy’s visit to Baltimore at Patterson Park. Well, we found another story related to that visit in 1962, with a darker side. This is an...
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Terrific Drawing of Johns Hopkins Hospital

This is a great drawing of Johns Hopkins Hospital that we found on the NIH website. Source: National Institutes of Health
Kennedy in helicopter (1961)

Kennedy Visits Patterson Park in ’62

Maybe a group of you remember this visit? We came across a neat story in The Baltimore Guide detailing an individual’s memories of meeting the President during his 1962 visit to the city. On...
proposed 20 million gallon reservoir for Baltimore

Map of Proposed 20 Billion Gallon Reservoir

This is a cool map that we found in The Baltimore Sun, from Thursday, November 5th, 1908. The initial funding of $5 million that year provided for building the dams necessary for the Loch Raven...
The 804-foot-long dirigible Hindenburg, the "Titanic of the Skies," soars above the Bromo-Seltzer Tower on its way to Lakehurst (N.J.) Naval Air Station on August 11, 1936. Nine months later, it would explode at Lakehurst, killing 35 passengers and crew. (Baltimore Sun)

Photo of Hindenburg Flying Over Baltimore in 1936

This is an incredible photo from 1936, showing the Hindenburg floating over Baltimore. Nine months later came the horrific accident in New Jersey. Make sure you share this one with family and friends on...
Batterin' Babe - Look At Him Now

Batterin’ Babe … Look at Him Now

Here’s a cool image we found at the Library of Congress. It’s a print of a song written in honor of Baltimore’s native son, George Herman “Babe” Ruth.
Two McNultys

Meet the Real Officer McNulty

Digging through The Baltimore Sun archives, we came across something awesome … another policeman named McNulty! Much like the famed Ghosts of DC hero, Officer Sprinkle, Officer McNulty was a local micro-celebrity. Unlike the alcoholic,...

Visit of President Polk to Baltimore

James K. Polk isn’t exactly the most memorable president. That said, this is an article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from June 21st, 1847. Polk was en route to visit Baltimore by...

Three Bad First-Round Picks by the Orioles

Okay, sorry to do this … but, here’s one more post highlighting the failures of the O’s. We were an awesome team in 1996 and 1997, but then over a decade of mediocrity driven...

Elvis Presley Concert at Baltimore Civic Center (1977)

Elvis Presley came to Baltimore in 1977. See great old photos and a video of his performance.
Maryland Casualty clock tower in the distance (1950s)

The Maryland Casualty Clock Tower

Is there something so identifiable with a city that, when you visit, you just have to see it? Such as New York and the Statue of Liberty or Philadelphia and the William Penn statue....
Cal Ripken Jr. high school photo - 1978

O’s No. 2 Draft Pick, Ripken, Fans 17 in 1978 Championship

Here’s a really cool article from the days before Cal Ripken Jr. as an Oriole. This article was printed on June 8th, 1978 Largo–Just one day after being chosen in major league baseball’s free-agent...
1958 MLB All-Start game

1958 MLB All-Star Game at Memorial Stadium

The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held in Baltimore was in 1958, four seasons after the Orioles arrived in town. The American League came out on top 4-3 that game, on...
1913 Baltimore Orioles

Babe Ruth’s First Professional Game; Plays Shortstop for the Orioles

This is a cool old baseball photo. It’s the 1913 Baltimore Orioles with Babe Ruth, pictured on the right. We did a little more digging and it appears (according to Wikipedia) that Ruth didn’t...
1912 photo of the Fifth Regimental Armory

1912 Baltimore DNC Convention at Night

In 1912, the Democratic National Convention was held in Baltimore at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Here’s a great old photo from that period of the building being lit up at night. Source: Library of...

1981 Boog Powell Miller Lite Commercial

Amazing. What more can I say about this old commercial.

Oprah on WJZ-13 Baltimore in 1983

This is an old clip of Oprah during her Baltimore TV days interviewing some dude named Herman Darvick — who apparently has a LinkedIn profile — to talk about autograph seeking. This was taped...
Booth family home on N. Exeter St.

John Wilkes Booth’s Family on North Exeter Street

We came across a great find in the 1850 U.S. Census. John Wilkes Booth’s famous acting family lived in Baltimore, splitting time there with their home in Bel Air. John’s father Junius, was a...
portrait of John Wilkes Booth

Original Ad For John Wilkes Booth’s Acting Debut

This is absolutely amazing. We found the original advertisement in the Baltimore Sun for John Wilkes Booth’s acting debut in Richard III. The play was at the Charles Street Theatre on Tuesday, August 14th,...

Remember Ben McDonald?

Wow, this guy’s a blast from the past.  He was good, but nowhere near the level he should have been. The first overall pick in 1989, he was extremely hyped coming out of LSU....
Ripken celebrates victory

Cal Ripken Catches Last Out of 1983 World Series

Many of you remember the glorious 1983 season when the O’s beat the Phillies to take the World Series. Let’s relive that moment by watching the video below. And this is what took place...
Mt. Vernon Square

Great Photo of Mt. Vernon Place

Here’s a cool early 20th century photograph of Mt. Vernon Place on Charles St. Source: Library of Congress
Circa 1900. "Baltimore City Hall." Rising behind a web of wires. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Great Photo of Baltimore City Hall in 1900

Check out this awesome photo of city hall in 1900. Click on it for some great details. Source: Shorpy
Cal Ripken breaks Gehrig's record (Baltimore Sun)

Cal Ripken Breaks Lou Gehrig’s Record

This is one of the greatest moments in all of sports history. If you’re an Orioles fan, it needs no introduction. This is the full game against the Angels on September 6th, 1995, but...
Camden Yards under construction

Photos Before Camden Yards and During Construction

What did Oriole Park at Camden Yards look like during construction in Baltimore? This was the stadium that set off the baseball renaissance in Major League Baseball.