Birthplace of

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818–95), baseball great Babe Ruth (1895–1948), Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908–93), actor David Hasselhoff (b 1952), author Tom Clancy (1947–2013), swimmer Michael Phelps (b 1985)

Capital City

Annapolis

Driving Distances

Baltimore to Annapolis: 29 miles; Baltimore to Ocean City: 147 miles

Famous for

Blue crabs, lacrosse, Chesapeake Bay

Home of

'The Star-Spangled Banner,' Baltimore Orioles, TV crime shows The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street

Major Cities

Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Salisbury

Nickname

The Old Line State, the Free State

Politics

Staunch Democrats

Sales Tax

6%

State Sport

Jousting