Vascellaro: Stroke survivor on a mission to preserve Bambino’s legacy

From Charlie Vascellaro at on May 28, 2016, with mention of SABR member Michael Gibbons:

A couple of dozen well-wishers gathered in front of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum on this balmy Baltimore Saturday morning to give local triathlete and recovering stroke victim Chris Conlon and his biking team a royal sendoff. They embarked on a more than 300-mile, five-day journey from Baltimore to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

A devoted Babe Ruth enthusiast who worked for 10 years as a volunteer at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, Conlon is on a mission to help turn the baseball field at the former St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys — where Babe Ruth learned to play the game — into a national park and historic landmark. Ruth attended St. Mary’s from 1902-14, from the time he was 7 years old until he was signed by the Minor League Baltimore Orioles at the age of 18 in ’14.

Conlon wants everyone to understand the significance of the time Ruth spent at St. Mary’s, as it pertains to his baseball career.

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Originally published: May 31, 2016. Last Updated: May 31, 2016.