Baseball Gazette
January 2014


Welcome to the January 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: Tony La Russa (left) with fellow Hall of Fame inductees Joe Torre and Bobby Cox. Photo credit: AP Photo/John Raoux.

Another Tampa native reaches Cooperstown

Tampa has been long known as one of America’s leading baseball cities for producing a volume of top talent and fostering baseball culture. The roster of elite players from Tampa grew in December with the announcement that Tony LaRussa – born and raised in West Tampa – was unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. He joins Al Lopez and Wade Boggs in adding to Tampa’s rich baseball legacy in the Hall of Fame.

Tony LaRussa played shortstop for Jefferson Dragons in 1962. Photo credit:

Widely known for his managerial accomplishments, LaRussa graduated from Jefferson High School and was drafted as a player by the Kansas City Royals in 1963. LaRussa spent 10 years as a pro and in the Minor and Major leagues.

The White Sox offered LaRussa his first opportunity as a manager in 1979, which spurred one of the most illustrious careers of any manager in baseball history: three World Series Championships, six league pennants and 12 division championships. He holds the distinction of having the third most wins of any manager with a staggering 2,728 wins over 33 years, and is succeeded only by Connie Mack and John McGraw.

The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House congratulates Tony LaRussa on his acceptance into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place July 27, 2014.

New supporters in the dugout

The Tampa Baseball Museum would like to recognize the following supporters for their generous contributions toward the Museum’s capital campaign:

  • Mary & Manny Alvarez
  • Oliva Tobacco Company
  • Hill Ward Henderson
  • Ybor City Round Table

These gifts will help the Ybor City Museum Society rehabilitate the Al Lopez House and create the exhibits that will showcase Tampa’s rich baseball heritage. 

To get in the game, call (813) 247-1434. 

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

New Website Live
The new and expanded website includes information on exhibits, group tours, events and partnerships. Check it out.

Thank you to our supporters:

Read past editions:
–  December 2013
–  November 2013
–  October 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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