Director Emeritus of The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum Wins International Award

| October 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum press release: 

The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum’s Director Emeritus Mike Gibbons is the recipient of the W.R. “Bill” Schroeder Award, presented by the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA). The Schroeder Award was first awarded in 1985 in recognition of Bill Schroeder’s pioneering contributions in the development of sports museums and halls of fame and as a founding father, past president and past secretary of ISHA. The Award is given to those who have made significant and lasting contributions to the sports museum industry.

“The Schroeder Award recognizes excellence and significant contributions to the sports heritage industry and I can think of no one more deserving than Mike Gibbons of the Babe Ruth Museum.  Mike’s positive impact on our organization and members is in evident in the respect that he has earned from our membership,” said Dana Hart, ISHA President.

Mike Gibbons joined the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation in 1982; during his tenure the Babe Ruth Museum created exciting new exhibits and expanded the collection to one of the largest state sports collections in the world.

Mike’s greatest achievement was the inception, design and construction of the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The Sports Legends Museum featured 22 galleries chronicling the prestigious sports history of the State of Maryland. Under his leadership the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation tripled its operating budget and added the “Official Orioles Museum” and “Official Archive of the Baltimore Colts” to its titles.

Mike has served as President of the International Sports Heritage Association; and as the President of the Greater Baltimore History Alliance, helping organize and strengthen that organization in the City of Baltimore and in the eyes of elected officials in Annapolis.

“It is a distinct honor to receive the Schroeder Award. I started attending ISHA conferences in 1988 and was privileged to have met some of the founders of the organization. Since the early 1980s I’ve worked with the staff and board of the Babe Ruth Museum to preserve Baltimore and Maryland’s unique sports heritage, a mission vital to the very essence of our community. I am grateful to the International Sports Heritage Association for acknowledging our continued dedication to local sports,” said Gibbons.

Photo from The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

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