Speaking of a WINNER

September 08, 2008 |


WHEN: NOVEMBER 1, 2008 from 6-10 pm.

WHERE: The (new) Hilton on West Pratt Street, in Baltimore.

INFO: Tribute Will include Michael Phelps, Dorothy Hamill and other celebrated champions.

The Babe Ruth Museum announced that its fall gala will celebrate the career of legendary sportscaster Jim McKay with “A Champions Tribute to Jim McKay.”

Among the many celebrities scheduled to join the Museum in honoring McKay will include Michael Phelps, Dorothy Hamill and “boxing guru” Bert Sugar.


“Jim McKay is one of the great Baltimoreans, a man who helped usher in the age of television in our city, and who established the standard for the sports broadcasting industry,” stated Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Museum. “We are proud to pay tribute to Jim, a true icon of his profession.” A graduate of Loyola College, McKay started his career as a newspaper reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun in 1946.

The following year, he became a television personality on Baltimore’s first television station, WMAR-TV, handling news and sports. He also worked hard behind the scenes as a writer, producer, and director. McKay was also the founder of Maryland Million Day, a series of twelve races designed to promote Maryland’s horse breeding industry.

McKay is best known for hosting ABC’s Wide World of Sports and 12 Olympic Games. Over the course of his career, he won numerous awards for journalism, including the George Polk Memorial Award and two Emmys.

McKay is perhaps most remembered for his coverage of the hostage crisis at the 1972 Munich Olympics when 11 Israeli athletes were killed by terrorists. His work that day earned him Emmys for both news and sports coverage.

Each year, the Museum’s fall gala celebrates a significant figure or crowning achievement in Maryland sports history. The evening of November 1st will begin with a VIP reception at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, followed by a program and gala at The Hilton Baltimore. The event will include a number of special tributes to McKay from individuals of local and national standing, including Phelps and Hamill, a silent auction, food stations/hors d’oeuvres and open premium bar.

TIX: Sponsorship opportunities for the members of the Babe Ruth Museum for $150 and non-members for $175.

The unique design of the event will allow for patron seating with celebrities and VIPs at the top sponsorship levels.

More information is available by calling 410-727-1539 ext. 3013 or by visiting www.BabeRuthMuseum.com.

Current sponsors include The Baltimore Hilton and WBAL Radio.

** Thanks to Maroon Public Relations for getting this information to me …