Standing in front of Camden Yards in Oriole Park is a sixteen-foot tall bronze sculpture of the greatest baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth. The sculpture depicts a young Babe Ruth, at about the age he was as a rookie player. His legs crossed, Ruth leans on his bat and dreams of a bright future.
George Herman Ruth, better known as famous New York Yankee baseball player Babe Ruth, was born and raised in Baltimore. Babe’s parents sent him to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys in an effort to quell his wily ways. There, the’s school’s disciplinarian, Brother Matthias Boutlier, taught Babe the basics of baseball, and the rest is history. Babe was signed to play minor-league baseball with the Baltimore Orioles in 1914. Two years later, he was sold to the Red Sox as a pitcher. In 1919, Ruth was sold to the Yankees, where he helped win seven league championships and four World Series championships. Babe’s batting style changed the game of baseball. Instead of low scoring game strategy that had dominated the game, Babe’s big hits and home runs upped the ante, setting new records including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs - 2213), and on-base plus slugging (OPS, 1.164), among others.
Sculptor Susan Luery describes Babe’s Dream “a man looking at his destiny.” Luery researched Ruth by reading his biographies, talking to people with extensive knowledge of the game and the player, and hiring a look-a-like to pose for her as she drafted a 28-inch maquette before starting work on the bronze giant. Unfortunately, the artist made one major mistake depicting Ruth as a right-handed pitcher when he was famously left-handed. The sculpture was completed in 1994 and revealed one year later to celebrate the centennial of Babe’s birth. Babe’s Dream is a popular meeting point before Oriole games and can be seen at any time of day at the corner of Eutaw and Camden Streets.