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Notable People & Places

Stories about famous people and places in Baltimore.

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. See the...
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 draft, Aberdeen’s...
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 July 8th,...
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 sign with...
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 Congress

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 on October...
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 noted actor...
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, 1855.  

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. I hate...