Tampa Baseball Museum begins construction on Al Lopez Home

Wall-breaking ceremony with elected officials on Nov. 13 marks the start of construction
What:

Construction is beginning on the former home of Al Lopez – the first Major League baseball player from Tampa, and first hall-of-famer from Tampa – to rehabilitate Al Lopez’s former home and transform it into the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House.

The Ybor City Museum Society is celebrating the start of construction with a “golden sledgehammer” ceremony. Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen, Al Lopez, Jr., Ybor City Museum Society president Chantal Hevia, former Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Alvarez, general contractor Del Diaz and other key players for the museum will be taking a swing to start construction on the Al Lopez house.

Improvements will be made to the façade while the interior is rehabilitated to create space suitable for a museum. Once construction is complete, the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House will cover more than 125 years of local baseball heritage. Opening is set for Spring 2014.

When:

Wednesday, November 13, at 10 a.m.

Where:

The Al Lopez House, 2003 N. 19th St., Tampa

Why:

The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House will be a home for celebration, preservation, and education of local baseball culture – from Little League to Major League, and everything in between, including: Factory, Inter-Social, Municipal, Cigar City, and Negro leagues. The concentration of Latino players and other cultures contributed to the development of both the City and the game of baseball.

In May, the FDOT moved the former home of Al Lopez about a mile from 1210 E. 12th Ave. in Ybor City to its new location on 19th Street as part of the FDOT’s Interstate Historic Mitigation Plan. Hillsborough County has leased the land to the Museum at nearly no cost for 30 years.

Additional Visual Opportunities:
A high-resolution rendering of the completed museum is available.

See the types of artifacts that will be included in the Tampa Baseball Museum in the Béisbol: Tampa’s Love of the Game exhibit currently on display at Ybor City Museum State Park. It includes baseball memorabilia from collectors and local baseball players.