Rowing in Baltimore and Beyond

September 25, 2015

The following blog post is reposted from, a sports-oriented blog from the Maryland Humanities Council, which celebrates what makes Maryland sports unique, our state’s sporting heritage, and sports fans whose lives wouldn’t be the same without them.

This Sunday, Maryland Humanities Council kicks off its 2015 Author Tour as part of Maryland Center for the Book’s One Maryland One Book program. This year’s book is an historical sports tale by author Daniel James Brown called The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that took the gold at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics.

In honor of the The Boys in the Boat, MD Stories looks at the Baltimore Rowing Club this week, one of many rowing organizations throughout the state of Maryland. The Baltimore Rowing Club’s history dates back a century and a half to its founding in 1864, when the BRC became part of a group of clubs that called themselves the “Patapsco Navy.” Rowing in the area saw its heyday through the 1920s, when Baltimore crews competed in and won events on the national and international stages.

Rowing’s popularity died down in the area after the 1920s, but the Baltimore Rowing Club was revived in the late 1970s and has since thrived with programs for rowers of all ages. Check out the latest news and events from the Baltimore Rowing Club for information on how to start your own rowing career or participate in upcoming regattas, whether you’re interested in the sport for fitness, competition, or recreational fun!

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown -- Official Book Trailer

Baltimore Rowing Club. “History.” Accessed September 24, 2015.
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