30th Anniversary of Baltimore Colts 1984 Move to be Remembered by Sports Legends Museum with Program at Stevenson, March 26

March 12, 2014 7 AM

Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards today announced that it will present “From Under the Cover of Darkness…30 Years Later” on Wednesday, March 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The evening will include a panel discussion about the Baltimore Colts departure from the city 30 years ago, as well as a question and answer session examining how the sports landscape has changed over the three decades since that March evening in 1984. The Museum has teamed with Stevenson University to hold the event in the school’s Rockland Center on its Owings Mills Campus, the former grounds of the Baltimore Colts’ front office and practice facility.

“Few teams have captured the pulse of a city like the Baltimore Colts,” stated Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc., operator of Sports Legends Museum. “As the official archives of the Baltimore Colts, we hold the unique ability to tell the story of the team, and its fans. We’re excited to partner with Stevenson University on March 26 and assemble an impressive panel for a poignant look back at how that significant date in 1984 impacted our community.”

The evening includes a program; reception (beer, wine, soda and heavy hors d’oeuvres); silent auction; free parking; and onetime displays of select Baltimore Colts’ artifacts from the Museum’s archives. With a ticket purchase, attendees also receive a pass for free admission to Sports Legends Museum for a future date to tour “Almost Religion: The Baltimore Colts,” a permanent exhibit that uses photographs, fans’ stories, marching band uniforms and authentic game memorabilia to tell the history of the franchise’s time in Baltimore.

Tickets to the event are $55 apiece for the general public and $50 each for members of the Museum. They may be purchased online at www.MissionTix.com/Colts1984. For more information, contact Tim Richardson at 410-727-1539 ext. 3012 or TimR@BabeRuthMuseum.org. Event partners include Maroon PR, MissionTix.com, Stevenson University and WBAL Radio.

The panelists participating in the program on March 26 include Bob Douglas, former managing editor of WBAL-TV and onetime press secretary for William Donald Schaefer, then Baltimore Mayor; Baltimore Colts’ Pro Bowler & former Baltimore Ravens’ broadcaster, Tom Matte; John Ziemann, president of the Baltimore Colts’ Marching Band; “The Dean of Baltimore Sports,” Vince Bagli; author & columnist, Michael Olesker, who covered the Colts’ move for The Baltimore Sun; and John Patti, a member of the WBAL Radio news team who reported on the Colts departure in 1984.

Proceeds benefit preservation efforts and educational programming of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc., proprietor of both Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards & the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.

Topics: Athletics