Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House
My name is Bob Gomez and I am Chairman for the new Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House here in Tampa. Danny Martinez is my Co Chaiman. We would like to ask for your individual support in the way of a donation , no matter how small. This is our grassroots effort and we are going out to the community with it on Crowdrise.
Tampa has had a strong presence in Major League Baseball since 1928 when Al Lopez, Sr. paved the way for many other players to follow.
More than 80 Major League players have come from Tampa, making our community one of the best represented in baseball.
In order to preserve and honor this tradition of baseball excellence, we are bringing a taste of Cooperstown to Tampa.
The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House is a home for the celebration and education of local baseball culture – from Major League to Little League, including factory, Inter-Social, municipal, Cigar City and Negro Leagues.
Opening in Spring 2014, permanent and temporary exhibits will put Tampa’s baseball heritage into context.
The museum will be located in Lopez’s former home, and many of the players, coaches and teams from Tampa’s 125-year baseball heritage will be included.
In May, the house that Al Lopez inhabited for 50 years was moved about a mile to 9th Avenue & 19th Street in Ybor City, where will become the Tampa Baseball Museum.
Renovations are currently underway to convert his former house into a home to celebrate our local baseball heritage.
Our goal is simple, yet significant: to provide our community with a museum that highlights Tampa’s importance to baseball, and baseball’s importance to Tampa.
We are seeking your support to help us reach our $300,000 capital campaign goal which is necessary to create the museum.
Sponsorship benefits are designed to be mutually beneficial, and can be customized for Louisville Slugger.
Our first corporate sponsor is TECO who gave us a generous donation to help kick off the campaign and we feel confident that the Tampa Tribune will soon follow with a great partnership package.
We are also in discussions with Rawlings, Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians; both teams Al Lopez played for and managed.
Please take a moment to review the enclosed information about the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House and consider joining us in the effort to uphold the Tampa tradition of baseball excellence.
Ideas can range from – co-branding, product promotion special event participation, artifacts (if any), fund raising ideas, and most importantly, monetary support.
Thank you for your time and consideration and I, or Danny Martinez my Co Chairman, will follow up shortly.
For the love of the game,
Bob Gomez Daniel F. Martinez III
Capital Campaign Chairman Capital Campaign Co-Chairman
The mission of the Tampa Baseball Museum is to preserve and honor Tampa’s unique and historic role in the game of baseball and provide community inspiration by celebrating local legends – past, present and future.
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