BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A three-block stretch of West Street near M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is now known as Mo Gaba Way in memory of the young Ravens and Orioles superfan who died earlier this year.

Gaba’s mother Sonsy took part in a ceremony Wednesday during which ceremonial street signs were unveiled. Last month, the Ravens announced the street would be renamed to remember Gaba, a local sports superfan who gained attention for calling into 105.7 The Fan beginning in 2015 to share his sports knowledge with listeners.

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REMEMBERING MO GABA:

Gaba, known for his contagious energy and a smile that lit up the city, died in July after battling cancer for the fourth time. He was just 14.

A street sign honoring Baltimore sports superfan Mo Gaba is unveiled on December 2, 2020. Gaba, 14, died earlier in the year after his fourth battle with cancer.

“Part of me wishes he was here because I miss him dearly, but I’m so incredibly proud of him,” Sonsy Gaba said.

During his short time on Earth, Gaba accomplished things most people can only dream of: last year, he became the first fan to read an NFL draft pick in Braille. He was also named to the Orioles’ Hall of Fame.

“It’s not often you hear the Orioles and the Ravens become family, but they’ve become family to me, and I could never thank them enough for what they did for my family,” Sonsy Gaba said.

She wiped away tears as the signs, which have Ravens and Orioles logos, were revealed.

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“I love it. I can’t love this enough,” she said.

The unveiling came the same day as the Ravens’ thrice-rescheduled rivalry matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a fitting coincidence, she added.

 

Her son would have been nonchalant about the honor, she said, adding he never thought he was a celebrity.

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Mo Gaba Way runs from Russell Street past the Gameday Firehouse on Paca Street.

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