Frank Permuy, retired baseball coach from Gaither High School, and Mary Alvarez, Ybor City Museum Society board member, appeared on Daytime to discuss the fundraiser for the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House. A Night to Celebrate Tampa Baseball featured a coaches panel of six of Tampa’s most winningest high school baseball coaches. During the Daytime segment, Coach Permuy gave co-hosts Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli a little baseball lesson. View the clip here:
By JARRETT GUTHRIE
TAMPA — For Tampa native Frank Permuy, baseball has been more than just a pastime. Permuy, who recently retired from a 40-plus-year high school coaching career, said although baseball has been a major part of his life, the game has been a bigger part of the community he loves so much.
Permuy will join a historic group of Tampa-area high school baseball coaches in a panel discussion and fundraiser for the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House before a viewing party for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday at Higgins Hall at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5225 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa.
Joining Permuy on the panel will be his childhood friend, Emeterio “Pop” Cuesta, who recently retired after 43 years as the head coach at Jefferson, former Tampa Catholic and University of Tampa coach Pete Mulry, former Hillsborough High coach Billy Reed, along with longtime King coach Jim Macaluso and current Steinbrenner and former Jesuit coach John Crumbley. The group, five of whom attended Tampa high schools themselves, represent nearly 200 years of coaching and have coached more than 80 players from Tampa who have reached the major leagues.
Tampa Baseball Museum committee members Bob Gomez and Daniel Martinez joined the crew of AM Tampa Bay on 970 WFLA to share details about the museum and the upcoming fundraiser, A Night to Celebrate Tampa Baseball.
Lissette Campos, host of the daily Positively Tampa Bay segment on ABC Action News, interviewed Tampa Baseball Museum curator Liz McCoy and legendary Tampa high school coach Pop Cuesta about a special event on July 15 to benefit the museum. Coach Cuesta, along with five other local coaches, will reunite for a panel discussion to share their coaching experiences, recount stories and take audience questions.
In its weekly Executive Files series, the Tampa Bay Business Journal profiled Chantal Hevia, president and CEO of the Ybor City Museum Society, the nonprofit organization developing the Tampa Baseball Museum.
Why Chantal is a big deal: Ybor City is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida. The Ybor Museum Society’s goal is to preserve, promote and celebrate Ybor City cultural heritage. In leading the society, Chantal, her board and volunteers support the museum and help market and promote Ybor, which she called “the birthplace of modern Tampa.”
What’s the status of the baseball museum? We are in the midst of a capital campaign. As we were rehabbing the house, we realized there was more damage to it than we thought. The house was built in [the early 1900s]. It had its challenges from a structural perspective so we have had to raise more funds. We anticipated opening at the end of 2014 but we still have about $350,000 to raise to complete the museum. The whole project will cost $1 million. We’ve been fortunate to have the support of Hillsborough County, which has wonderful historic preservation challenge grants.
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