Steve Folven; Foundations and Parallels
Steve Folven was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on July 8, 1948, the same year Babe Ruth passed away. Steve lived briefly in South Boston, the home of Babe Ruth’s first wife.
His family moved to Lowell in 1952 where Steve attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School. He went on to Keith Academy, a small catholic high school for boys run by the Xaverian Brothers, graduating in 1966. Babe Ruth lived in an orphanage in Baltimore, Maryland, run by the Xaverian Brothers. Brother Gilbert, who was instrumental in Babe Ruth’s baseball development, taught and coached baseball at Keith from 1046 to 1948.
Steve graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts in 1970 with a BA in Social Science. He received his MSW from Boston University in 1981. He currently works in the Social Service field in Lowell Massachusetts.
Knowledge of the Game:
Growing up less than 30 minutes from the Legendary Fenway Park no doubt contributed to Steve's life long passion for the game of baseball. To some, a Baseball Maniac, Steve has extensive knowledge of current and past players and their statistics, especially Babe Ruth.
Connecting with People:
Steve has been a social worker for over twenty-five years, working with clients ranging from children, families and seniors to developmentally disabled individuals and prisoners. He coached youth baseball and is involved with the Big Brother Program.
In September 1979, Steve wrote and acted in a comedy skit entitled “Welcome to Social Work School”. He did impressions of Howard Cosell and Steve Martin.
He appeared in the Waltham Massachusetts Hovey Players Community Theater as Major Domo in a production of “Dangerous Liaisons" in January of 2006.
On the Job Training:
Steve headed the celebrities who participated in the Eddie Andelman’s Hot Dog Safari an annual charity held at Suffolk Downs race track in Boston, Massachusetts. At the event he performed a radio segment with the venerable radio personality, Eddie Andelman. See the Appearances Page for more on this event.
Steve also did a comedy appearance with Steve Sweeny on a live TV broadcast on CN8.
Steve Folven continues to study Babe Ruth, statistics, anecdotes and mannerisms. With help from friends like renowned baseball historian, Leigh Montville, Steve continues to hone his impersonation.
Ask Steve what is his most important qualification for Babe Ruth Impersonator: "I love meeting and talking to the fans, making them happy. THEY are what this is all about."
Long-term Goals: To be the honored guest at the New Yankee Stadium
Steve Folven: Babe Ruth
An avid baseball fan since childhood, Steve Folven knows the game and its history, inside out.
Steve attended Keith Academy, a small catholic high school for boys run by the Xaverian Brothers, graduating in 1966. Babe Ruth lived in an orphanage in Baltimore, Maryland, run by the Xaverian Brothers. Brother Gilbert, who was instrumental in Babe Ruth’s baseball development, taught and coached baseball at Keith from 1946 to 1948.
What to Expect
Steve Folven arrives at the event performing as The Babe in his authentic Yankee uniform. Depending on the type of event, he can assist with event activities. Most importantly, he connects with the fans young and old, posing for pictures, telling stories and signing "autographs."
2006: 3 gigs
2007: 5 gigs
2008: 6 gigs
2009: 4 gigs
Available for Your
Awards Night, Bachelor Party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Birthday Party, Competition, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Festival, Fundraiser, Private Party, Sporting Event, Trade Show, Wedding Reception