Baseball Gazette
September 2014


Welcome to the September 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 Washington Senators play on Plant Field in 1923. Built in 1899, Plant Field was Tampa’s first major athletic venue. It became one of the first fields used by Major League Baseball for spring training when the Chicago Cubs started using it before the start of the 1913 season. Several teams used the field over the years, including the Washington Senators in the 1920s.

Rotary Club adopts the Tampa Baseball Museum  


The Ybor City Rotary Club has “adopted” the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House as its nonprofit project for 2014-15. The Ybor City Rotary Club selects an organization or project each year to support through volunteer service and monetary donations.  


Ybor City Rotary Club executive director Kris DiGiovanni gave a presentation about the Tampa Baseball Museum at the West Central Florida district meeting of the 46 rotary clubs in Hillsborough, Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties on Saturday, August 16. Her presentation sparked interest in the museum from other clubs who want to lend their support. Chantal Hevia, president of the Ybor City Museum Society, has also been invited to make presentations about the museum to other Rotary Club chapters. 


The Ybor City Rotary Club has named the Tampa Baseball Museum as the beneficiary for its annual golf tournament on February 22, 2015, and the club is actively seeking additional ideas to raise funds for the museum. 

Tampa Baseball Museum’s plumbing installed pro bono 


More than 30 Central Florida Plumbing Academy (CFPA) students volunteered their time and skills to install plumbing at the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House under the guidance of their instructors on Tuesday, August 26.


The students are enrolled in the State Indentured Program in conjunction with Hillsborough County Schools and employed by local licensed plumbing companies. For students, the opportunity to install the museum’s plumbing provided on-the-job training hours, which are required to graduate from the four-year program. It was an excellent real-word teaching aid for instructors too.  


The students worked in groups to cover different tasks. They practiced for months and the teams had to work together to address any issues that came up, said Joseph Gonzalez, chairman of the CFPA.   


In support of the Academy’s generosity, Kohler Corporation and Bucks Plumbing Supply donated all the necessary materials.


CFPA students Robert Straub and Justin Reyes work on the back flow preventer.

Thank you to the following companies for providing the students and lending their time to this project:

  • McNatt Plumbing
  • Bill Jackson Plumbing
  • Alvarez Plumbing
  • Red Cap Plumbing
  • Llona Plumbing
  • Henry Gonzalez Plumbing
  • Jr. Long Inc. 
  • RoyalAire Mechanical Services
  • Redi-Rooter Plumbing
  • Sun Plumbing & Septic Service
  • Tri-Care Services
  • Amo Cruz Plumbing
  • Tampa Bay Hi-Tec Evening School
  • Erwin Technical School
  • School District of Hillsborough County
  • Central Florida Plumbing Academy 
The new plumbing is part of a continued effort to rehabilitate and renovate the 100-year-old Al Lopez house
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

Thank you to our new generous supporters:

– Tampa Bay Rays
– Ken Hagan
– Terry Smiljanich

Thank you to our supporters:

Read past editions:

–  July 2014
–  June 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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