"We like it here in BaltimoreBaltimore (nicknamed "Charm City") is the largest city in the state of Maryland. It is located in the central area of the state along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore was founded in 1729 and became an independent city (separated from Baltimore County) in 1851. Information about the distinct neighborhoods of Baltimore City can be found at the Other Wiki. Historically, Baltimore is probably most notable for being the birthplace of the National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner". The titular flag in the song was flown over Fort McHenry during the siege of Baltimore during the War of 1812. As depicted in the first stanza of the song (the part sung at the start of every major sporting event) the flag continued to fly over the fort, despite the siege, with only minor damage. Fort McHenry is also the first to fly the new flag when a state enters the union. The actual 15-star flag, however, is not kept here (it's in the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.). Fort McHenry also was famous (or infamous) for turning its cannons on the citizens of Baltimore during the Civil War, done to keep the city, a major trade port which served as an outpost of the slave trade, from defecting to the Confederation and thus surround Washington with hostiles. In fact, had it not been for this, the war could have turned out very differently. Incidentally, this put Baltimore and Maryland as a whole into an odd little identity crisis over whether it was a northern or southern state. This still persists to this day, and it's not uncommon to see memorials to the brave Maryland Troops on both sides of Civil War battlefields. In Gettysburg, there is even a case of a Union Maryland monument directly across the battle line from a Confederate Monument. In sports, the Preakness Stakes, an American flat Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds (and the "second jewel" in the Triple Crown note ), is held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course. Fans of the city's pro football team, the Ravens, have a long-standing rivalry with those of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They aren't too fond of the Washington Redskins either. Also, don't mention the Indianapolis Colts if you value your teeth. The franchise moved out of the city in the dead of night, leaving it with the distinct impression they had been stabbed in the back. note Cleveland has a similar attitude towards the Ravens, since they were the original Cleveland Browns. In baseball, Baltimore is home to the Orioles, who have a long-standing rivalry with the New York Yankees (who were actually the original Orioles for two years before moving to Bronx in 1903), the New York Mets (Baltimore tends to hold deep grudges in sports; the dislike of the Mets is due to a "bad call" in the 1969 World Series), and the Washington Nationals, though both the Mets and Nats are rarely played against. Since 1989, the Orioles have played in Orioles Park at Camden Yards, a refurbished train yard that turned into the first of the retro ballparks created in the 90s and 00s. The Orioles have also had an impressive list of who's who, being the first top-flight team Baltimore native Babe Ruth played on, and the exclusive team of Cal "Iron Man" Ripken Jr., who played the most consecutive games. Artistically speaking, Baltimore is home of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and the Peabody Institute. Baltimore City is also the home of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Domino Sugar refinery (known locally as "the sugar factory"), and the Inner Harbor, a tourist location of shops, restaurants, boat slips, and the National Aquarium. It is no longer the home of McCormick & Company, the spice maker, who moved out to Hunt Valley, a suburb of Baltimore. In fact, to celebrate the anniversary of their move, during 2007, McCormick was running ads in newspapers and magazines to tell people that if you still had a can of McCormick Spice that in the manufacturer's identity field, said "Made by McCormick & Co, Baltimore MD" instead of "Made by McCormick & Co., Hunt Valley, MD" your can of spice was over 20 years old. Hunt Valley is also the home to the Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of many TV stations in large markets. Also related to TV are the stations based on Television Hill in the NW side of town: WJZ-13, owned by CBS, and previously a Westinghouse station, before CBS bought them in the 90s; WBAL-11, flagship of Hearst Television and an NBC affiliate; and the flagships of Sinclair, WBFF Fox 45, and WNUV CW 54. TV Hill's famous candelabra tower can been seen from across the city. WMAR-2, the ABC station (owned by Scripps) is the only station that isn't based on TV Hill. In May 2014, their studios were the subject of a major news story, when a man tried to force his way into the studios by ramming a stolen truck into the lobby. As a port city, Baltimore was kind of important during things like the colonization of America, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Baltimore was also the second busiest port of entry on the East Coast in the 19th century. Because Maryland was founded as a religious sanctuary for Catholics in England, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore is the oldest in the United States and is a major stopping point for Popes when they visit the country. Pope John Paul II famously held mass in Camden Yards in his 1995 visit. Because of this, it's not uncommon for people from the Baltimore Area to be depicted as Catholics in media and having gone to Catholic School. Babe Ruth and Tom Clancy both attended local Catholic Schools. Culturally, Baltimore is known for two things: Crabs, which must be covered in large quantities of Old Bay Seasoning, and must be Maryland Blue Crab, none of that stuff you get in Florida. The other is the...unique accent of city natives. Be prepared to be called "Hon'" A LOT, and learn to say goodbye to hard consonant sounds and hello to drawn out vowels. ("Baltimore" is pronounced by natives as "Bawl'imer" (or "Balw-mer" or "Ball-tee-mo") more often than not, as examples.) Baltimore is also the birthplace of National Bohemian Beer, or "Natty Boh" as Baltimoreans call it. Unfortunately for Baltimore, the city is most likely to appear in media because of its high crime rate. Both Homicide Life On The Street and The Wire focused on the high crime and corruption in the city and, by and large, did a good job portraying it. The annual murder rate typically goes above triple digits before June; this is factoring in that crime in the city is on a downturn. This has lead many people both in and out of the city calling it "Harm City" or "Bodymore, Murderland". Baltimore is the only jurisdiction specifically established by the Constitution of Maryland (all other cities, towns and counties were established by ordinary legislation).
There's so much love in Baltimore
Working hand in hand
To make this place a better land
Love is what you'll find
So stop and take the time
I've got Oriole Baseball on my mind"
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