(March 13, 2020) The first Believe in Tomorrow Sports Day at the Beach since the event’s hiatus 10 years ago will take place at the Residence Inn by Marriott on 61st Street, Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year’s event was inspired by the nonprofit organization’s inaugural Hot Stove Plus event held at Nick’s House of Ribs on 144th Street in January. Both events are sports themed.
“When we did the Hot Stove, it was just so much fun,” Believe in Tomorrow Respite House Coordinator Wayne Littleton said. “The Residence Inn approached me about maybe doing something there because Mr. Al Bumbry had stayed at the Residence Inn.”
Bumbry, a retired Orioles player who was named American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1973 and was the first Orioles player to have 200 hits in one season, will return to the Residence Inn to sign autographs and answer questions about his experiences.
Bumbry will be signing autographs from 12-2 p.m. and answering questions from 2-3 p.m.
The event will be free to attend, and there will be several silent auction and tricky tray auction items based on sports memorabilia available as well. In addition, there will be mystery boxes donated by Park Place Jewelers for $10 and raffle prizes.
There will also be sports collectible exhibits displayed during the event. Items including footballs, baseballs, cards, basketballs and memorabilia from the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens and other sports teams will be up for auction or raffles. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
“If you like sports you can feel like a kid again,” Littleton said. “Sometimes I go into these sports shows and auctions and just think about when [I] was young and just like to think about sports … no politics, just nothing but sports.”
If Sports Day is successful, Littleton and management at the Residence Inn hope to hold the event annually.
“[The Residence Inn] has a beautiful location and very wonderful people to work with,” Littleton said. “I think it would be fun if maybe we could do this every year.”
For more information about the event, call Littleton at 410-723-2842.