Baseball Gazette

October 2014

Dear Geoff,

Welcome to the October 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: I
n honor of Major League Baseball post-season play, this photo shows Tampa native and recent Hall of Fame inductee Tony La Russa celebrating his second World Series win in 2006 as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Photo credit: St. Louis Cardinals. 

Rehabilitation Progress Continues on the Al Lopez House   


More progress in rehabilitating the Al Lopez House has been made. Last month, we shared news that Central Florida Plumbing Academy installed all of the plumbing at the Al Lopez House pro bono (read more in last month’s newsletter). This month, we’re happy to share that we’ve reached milestones on the exterior of the house.

Custom siding, designed to seamlessly match the original siding, has been installed, along with new windows. Framing was added in anticipation of a new front entry, including a custom door, glass transom and other details, which will replicate the style of homes built in Ybor City in the early 1900s.
Before the new custom siding was added. After the new custom siding and windows were installed.  
An inside view of the house shows new insulation, windows, and framing.

The house will receive a fresh coat of paint in the next few weeks and phase I of construction will be complete. 


In the next phase, the Diaz Fritz construction team will complete the interior so that exhibits, designed and fabricated by St. Petersburg-based Creative Arts and under the direction of museum curator Elizabeth McCoy, can be installed.  


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New windows have been installed in the Al Lopez House and framing for the front entry is complete. Next, the house will get a fresh coat of paint and a custom front door and glass transom.

Museum opening update 


Over the past few months, the Ybor City Museum Society has uncovered additional rehabilitation needs in the Al Lopez House and had delays in receiving custom materials that meet historic preservation standards.


These two developments in the construction process caused the Ybor City Museum Society’s board and staff to reevaluate the opening date. We are now anticipating that the museum will open in spring/summer 2015, which would coincide with the next baseball season. 


Despite the delays, we’ve seen quite a bit of progress at the Al Lopez House recently. To support this great progress, a $1 million capital campaign is underway.
Ybor City Museum Society is halfway toward the campaign goal, which will allow for
further rehabilitation of the Al Lopez House, creation of the museum exhibits, development of educational materials and operations management once the museum opens.


To find out how you or your company can contribute to the capital campaign, please contact Chantal Hevia at (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

Hillsborough County awards $50,000 grant 

The Tampa Baseball Museum has received further assistance from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Recently, the museum was awarded a $50,000 grant to use for the design and development of baseball exhibits. Thank you to the Board of County Commissioners for their continued support of this initiative. 

Appearance on Tampa Bay Tomorrow radio show

Ybor City Museum Society president and CEO Chantal Hevia and curator Liz McCoy recently appeared on the “Tampa Bay Tomorrow” radio show. Chantal and Liz chatted with host Corey Dylan about the deep baseball traditions rooted in Tampa. They also shared how the idea for the Tampa Baseball Museum was developed and what visitors can expect to see when the museum opens. You can listen to the full show here

Thank you to our supporters:

Read past editions:

–  August 2014
–  July 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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