Scene & Heard: Babe Ruth Museum's "Legendary Evening"
( Photo by Karen Jackson, Special to The Baltimore Sun / December 6, 2011 )
Several hundred folks filtered into the main ballroom at Martin's West, excited about being a part of "A Legendary Evening," in which the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation would be inducting seven former Baltimore Colts-- Art Donovan, Lenny Moore, Gino Marchetti, Raymond Berry and the late Weeb Ewbank, John Mackey and Jim Parker -- into its "Hall of Legends." In a back room where Mike Gibbons, executive director, welcomed honorees and VIP guests to a pre-gala cocktail hour, the emotions were no different.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to get together with the old-timers and relieve yesteryear," said Henry Rosenberg, event committee member.
"I'm looking forward to hearing their stories -- live," said Frank Kelly III, event chair.
Lydell Mitchell was among several other former Colts, like Tom Matte, Bruce Laird, Jim Mutscheller and Fred Miller, there to honor former teammates. Mitchell, too, was looking forward to hearing those stories, if for a slightly different reason.
"They're the same stories, but each time I hear them, they've changed [a bit]," he said with a sly smile.
Some of the guests had stories of their own.
"Our dad had tickets to the Colts games in Memorial Stadium. Because he didn't have a son until No. 4 -- and since I was No. 1- I got to go to all the Colts games with him," said P.J. Mitchell, retired IBM executive.
"Until I came along and bumped her," said her brother Jim Mitchell, executive director of operations of Notre Dame of Maryland University.
"One of the greatest days of my life was playing 18 holes of golf with Johnny Unitas and being in the golf cart with him," said Gary Williams, University of Maryland former basketball coach. "He kept telling me [the University of] Louisville was a better basketball school than Maryland. I had to straighten him out."
-- Sloane Brown