BENEFITING: YBOR CITY MUSEUM SOCIETY INC
EVENT DATE: Mar 15, 2014
The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez
House will preserve and honor Tampa’s
historic role in the game of baseball. It is a
home for the celebration and education of local baseball
culture – from Major League to Little League, and
everything in between, including factory, Inter-Social,
municipal, Cigar City, and Negro leagues.
Baseball played a major role in shaping our community
and integrating the wide range of cultures and heritage in
our region. The museum will cover more than 125 years
of baseball heritage through permanent and rotating
exhibits focused on Tampa baseball and local legends.
Celebrating the past, present, and future of area
baseball and its people – the Tampa Baseball Museum
aims to inspire our community to dream and achieve.
More than 80 Major Leaguers have
come from Tampa, and Al Lopez was
the first. Born in Ybor City, Lopez was
Tampa’s first professional player and
the region’s first Hall of Fame inductee.
Honoring Lopez as an iconic player,
the museum will be located within the
home where he lived for 50 years. The
house was moved from its original location by the Florida
Department of Transportation in May 2013, which was
widely covered by local media.
The Tampa Baseball Museum is being developed by
the Ybor City Museum Society, a nonprofit organization
with proven experience in preserving and promoting
Ybor City’s cultural heritage. The museum will open in