Baseball Gazette
December 2013


Welcome to the November edition of the Baseball Gazette, the e-newsletter of the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House. Each month, we deliver news and updates about our progress toward opening.

About the photo: Miami Marlins pitcher Sam Dyson, a Tampa native, helped to start the construction process, which will turn the former home of Al Lopez from a house into a museum.

Construction begins on the Al Lopez house

With the swing of a “golden sledgehammer,” Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen formally started the rehabilitation of the Al Lopez house. A wall-breaking ceremony (a twist on the traditional groundbreaking ceremony) on Nov. 13 marked the beginning of the transformation from a home into a museum.

Al Lopez, Jr. holds the “golden sledgehammer” in his childhood bedroom.

Al Lopez Jr., Miami Marlins pitcher and Tampa native Sam Dyson, Ybor City Museum Society Board member Mary Alvarez, general contractor Del Diaz, and many other key stakeholders took swings during the ceremony.

The interior of the home will undergo extensive rehabilitation. Major improvements will be made to exterior of the historic building.

Our aggressive construction timeline puts the opening of the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House in Spring 2014.

Local baseball artifacts needed

The Tampa Baseball Museum is seeking baseball artifacts and memorabilia to be displayed in permanent and rotating exhibits. These artifacts will help honor and celebrate our local baseball heritage.

Wade Boggs signed bat
A signed commemorative bat marks Wade Boggs’ 3,000th career hit.

The two- and three-dimensional items related to local Major, Minor, Negro, inter-social and local leagues, local fields, locally raised players and local youth baseball may be included in the exhibits.

Two-dimensional items may include: photographs, baseball cards, game tickets, game programs, game rosters, print advertisements, newspaper clippings and magazine articles. Three-dimensional items may include: batting helmets, gloves, jerseys, hats, catcher’s equipment, pennants, signed balls and bats, books and trophies.

Learn more about the types of items that may fit and submit items for consideration at TampaBaseballMuseum.org. Items donated by December 15 can be considered for permanent exhibits.

Help us reach our Giving Tuesday goal

Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is gaining prominence in this season of giving.


On Dec. 3, make a donation to honor and preserve Tampa’s baseball heritage through the Tampa Baseball Museum. Our goal is to raise $5,000 on Giving Tuesday.

Online gifts will help the museum open next spring. Your donation will help honor Tampa’s historic role in the game of baseball, celebrate our local baseball legends and inspire our future legends.

Ask a friend to match your gift to help us reach this goal.

We appreciate your support and look forward to keeping you up-to-date about the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House.
In This Edition

In the News
Nearly all of the Tampa Bay TV news stations aired stories on the “golden sledgehammer” ceremony, and what it means for the Tampa Baseball Museum.

Watch the 10 News story.

Thank you to our supporters:

Read past editions:
-  November 2013
-  October 2013
-  September 2013
-  Older editions

Preserving Heritage

The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House is being developed by the Ybor City Museum Society, a nonprofit organization that preserves and promotes Ybor City’s cultural heritage and supports the Ybor City Museum State Park.

Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House
2003 N. 19th Street | Tampa, Florida 33605
(813) 247-1434

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