Stolen No. 8 and other weird things
The theft of Cal Ripken Jr.'s No. 8 statue from Camden Yards (crime scene at left in photo by Sun photograher Amy Davis) reminds me other strange things people have pilfered over the years in Baltimore. I'd love to see a Top 10 list. Here's a few to get us started:
In 1995, someone got away with a one-of-a-kind baseball from Babe Ruth Museum that had been signed by 22 members of the 1934 American League All Star team, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Fox. The "Matchless Ball" was returned as mysteriously as it disappeared.
In 1997, someone made off with 300-pound solid brass doors to the city's downtown Circuit Courthouse.
In 2005, someone stole the large fiberglass crab statue from a sidewalk in front of Eddie's grocery store in Roland Park. It had been wearing a chefs jacket and holiding tongs and a whisk in its claws.
These are just a few cases I can remember. Now we've got one more to the list -- the stolen No. 8 from the plaza in front of the main entrance to the baseball stadium near Eutaw Street. I just got back from the scene and spoke to a few tourists from Cleveland waiting for a tour. They couldn't believe someone from Baltimore would pull off such a theft from the Orioles.