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BALTIMORE (WISH) – The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore began in 1974 as a sanctuary dedicated to the “Great Bambino” and eventually became the seat of the Baltimore Colts Archives. Phil Sanchez of News 8 spoke with Michael Gibbons, a museum historian, to learn the story of how it happened.
“When the Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis, the mayor of Baltimore negotiated to have the Baltimore Colts records returned to Baltimore with the Irsay, and it happened,” Gibbons said. “So he called me on the phone and said ‘Gibbons, you are now the official Baltimore Colts archives. Come get this stuff. And he’s been there ever since on screen, off screen. It’s a great collection.
The collection includes artifacts such as Football Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas threw his last touchdown pass, 1950s jerseys and helmets and an NFL Championship game goal post from 1958, the first NFL playoff game to go to overtime.
Gibbons says that although these pieces are in a museum dedicated to Ruth, many people still love to see the Colts collection, including Peyton Manning, who recently visited.
Click on the video to see the full interview.
The Indianapolis Colts return to Baltimore Monday night for a prime-time showdown with the Ravens. The game and extensive post-match coverage can be seen live on WISH-TV.