||Baseball has long been one of Maryland's most popular sports, but few people know that seven native-born Marylanders are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This collective biography chronicles the lives and careers of the state's baseball elite in words and period photographs. These Maryland players hailed from nearly every geographic area of the Old Line State and represent baseball's greatest players, beginning with Baltimore's own Babe Ruth. George Herman Ruth left St. Mary's Industrial School in 1914 to begin his legendary major league career with the Boston Red Sox. The Babe's dynamic personality combined with his 714 home runs to make him the game's most famous player. Four decades later, Al Kaline, a graduate of the city's Southern High, left his Westport neighborhood to star as a Detroit outfielder for twenty-two years, earning the title "Mr. Tiger." And then there was a southpaw from Western Maryland's Lonaconing, Lefty Grove, who could "throw a lamb chop past a wolf, " and pitched three hundred victories during his seventeen-year career with the Philadelphia A's and Boston Red Sox. Plaques representing four Eastern Shore natives hang in Cooperstown: Cecil County's Vic Willis, a right-handed hurler for the Boston Beaneaters and Pittsburgh Pirates at the turn of the century, whose "grapevine sinker" put fear in the hearts of hitters; Frank "Home Run" Baker from Trappe, who led the American League four times in home runs during baseball's deadball era and played on pennant winners with the Philadelphia A's and New York Yankees; Sudlersville's slugging farm boy Jimmie Foxx, the game's greatest right-hand power hitter and a three-time Most Valuable Player;Julius "Judy" Johnson from Snow Hill, the first Negro Leagues third baseman inducted into the Hall of Fame. Readers of all ages will be captivated by Nicholson's fascinating glimpse into little-known but exciting aspect of Maryland's rich baseball history.