Baseball Gazette
June 2014

Dear Missy,

Welcome to the June 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: The Jesuit High School baseball team won their fourth Class 5A Championship title on May 22, 2014. The team was honored by the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field before a recent home game. The local area has a rich history of winning high school baseball championships – an impressive 36 since 1935. Photo credit: Jesuit High School.

A night to celebrate Tampa baseball:
Coaches panel and All-Star Game Watch Party
Coaches Cuesta, Permuy, and Macaluso are three of the legendary Tampa baseball coaches who will be on hand July 15 for the coaches panel. Photo credit: Jarrett Guthrie.


Join some of Tampa’s most legendary and winningest high school baseball coaches for an evening to celebrate Tampa’s rich baseball tradition. Emceed by WFLA-970’s Jack Harris, the evening will include a panel discussion with notable Tampa high school coaches and a sports memorabilia silent auction, followed by a watch party for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.


During the panel, the coaches will share stories, recount special memories and answer questions from the crowd. Participating coaches include:

  • Frank Permuy, Gaither High School
  • Pop Cuesta, Jefferson High School
  • Billy Reed, Hillsborough High School
  • James Macaluso, King High School
  • John Crumbley, Jesuit High School
  • Pete Mulry, Tampa Catholic 

When: Tuesday, July 15 

5 p.m. Silent auction, autograph signings, dinner, and panel discussion

8 p.m. All-Star Game watch party


Where: Higgins Hall, 5225 North Himes Avenue, Tampa 33614


Cost: $50 per individual ticket or $500 for a corporate table of eight. Admission includes dinner featuring ballpark favorites, cold drinks, and a cash bar.


Registration: To reserve your seat for this special event, please visit the Tampa Baseball Museum website


Sport your favorite team’s jersey or hat and join the community for a fun night of baseball, history, and celebration.


Funds raised during the event support the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House, which will be a home for celebration, preservation, and education of local baseball culture – from Little League to Major League, and everything in between.

Thank you to The Patio and Tampa Bay Rays for hosting a successful fundraiser


The Ray Team was onsite giving away tickets and other prizes.

The Tampa Bay Rays hosted a Miller Coors Watch Party at The Patio this past Tuesday night. The event was also a fundraiser to benefit the Tampa Baseball Museum. 


More than 150 people showed support for the Tampa Baseball Museum while cheering on the Rays as they challenged the Miami Marlins.


We’re continually grateful to the Rays for their significant and ongoing support, including helping to arrange this party and donating raffle and silent auction items. A big thank you also goes to The Patio’s owners Russ Bruno and Jeff Single for hosting us, and to everyone in attendance for making the evening a huge success.


Capital campaign chair Bob Gomez, supporter Manny Alvarez, committee member Mary Alvarez, and supporter Doria Gomez enjoying  the watch party.

While enjoying the game, partygoers participated in trivia games, won prizes, and bid on sports memorabilia and other items in the silent auction. The Rays Radio Network broadcasted the pre-game and post-game shows live from the party.


Check out more photos from the event on the Tampa Baseball Museum Facebook Page

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 Supporters
Thank you for supporting the Tampa Baseball Museum:
– Coastal an Old Castle Company for donating the Home Plate Pavers and bricks.

Call for artifacts!

The museum is looking for autographs, baseball cards, newspaper clippings, photos, signed baseballs and bats, gloves, trophies, etc. If you have a piece of Tampa baseball history that you’d like to contribute to the Tampa Baseball Museum, please submit to Liz McCoy, the museum’s curator, by June 30. 


For more information on artifact donation, please visit the website


Give Day Tampa Bay

Thank you to Give Day Tampa Bay supporters. We were able to raise funds, and we won one of the $1,000 cash prizes that were awarded throughout the day by Give Day Tampa Bay!


Pavers and Cigar Boxes

Step up to the plate for the Tampa Baseball Museum with the purchase of one of these limited edition items:
– Personalize a Home Plate Paver and become a permanent fixture of the museum.
– Own a piece of Cigar City’s baseball heritage with a commemorative box of cigars

Thank you to our supporters:

Read past editions:

–  May 2014  
–  April 2014 
–  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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