West Street Near M&T Bank Stadium Renamed ‘Mo Gaba Way’

| December 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Today, the 600 to 800 blocks of W. West St. in Stadium Area near M&T Bank Stadium were renamed Mo Gaba Way. The street is named for Baltimore Orioles and Ravens super fan and Orioles Hall of Famer Mossila “Mo” Gaba who died in July at the age of 14 after a life-long battle with cancer.

Gaba became well known from his calls into The Scott & Jeremy Show on 105.7 The Fan and went on to become a fixture in Baltimore sports. He got to know countless players and staff from the Orioles and Ravens organizations as well as fans, business owners, and media personalities around Baltimore.

Gaba, who was blind, became the first person to read an NFL Draft pick in braille during the 2019 draft when the Ravens selected Ben Powers with 123rd overall pick. Gaba was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in July. He also hosted his own radio show on The Fan with Jeremy Conn that same month.

Gaba lived in Glen Burnie and attended Lindale Middle School, which he graduated from this year.

The effort to rename a street for Mo Gaba was led by Conn and South Baltimore resident and former Councilman Joe DiBlasi. They wanted a street near the stadiums so fans can walk on it on the way to a game and take pictures. The three street signs that were installed have have a black background, white writing, and an Orioles and Ravens logo.

While looking at one of the new street signs, Gaba’s mother Sonsy Gaba said, “This is everything, I can’t love that enough.”

Conn said a Mo Gaba talking bobblehead will be launched on Mo’s birthday in January. A total of 1,008 of them will be made. He said the group, which is informally known as Friends of Mo Gaba, is also considering an annual golf tournament or scholarship in the future.

Gaba’s story was recently featured on ESPN and the NFL Network.

Photo of Trey Mancini and Mo Gaba courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles 

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