TAMPA, FL. – The much-anticipated Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House officially opens on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 10 a.m. and includes the Fourth Annual Homeruns & History event.
The events will take place at the Tampa Baseball Museum (2003 N. 19th Street), Saturday Market in Ybor City’s Centennial Park 1800 E. 8th Ave. and the Ybor City Museum State Park located at 1818 E. 9th Avenue.
The Grand Opening will be hosted by legendary MLB alum and Tampa native Lou Piniella. Hillsborough County Commission Chair Pat Kemp and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor will be on hand to take part in the festivities. The family of Al Lopez will join the lineup of VIPs and special guests.
The Museum will be offering half-price admission from 11 am. to 4 p.m. on September 25. Timed-entry tickets/reservations are required for those who want to purchase tickets and Charter Members who want to visit the museum, and available at www.TampaBaseballMuseum.org or on-site on the day of the event.
The Tampa Baseball Museum is housed in the relocated and rehabilitated childhood home of Al Lopez, Tampa’s first Major League player, manager, and Hall of Fame inductee. Exhibits represent nearly 135 years of local baseball history and heritage, beginning with the earliest team formed in Ybor City in 1887, to the newest players to be signed into Major League Baseball.
For its opening, seven new exhibits were added to the two already in place, including a mini-baseball diamond and an interactive quiz game. Tampa is known for its wealth in developing baseball talent with one of the highest numbers of MLB players per capita in the country. Since the beginning, teams from around Tampa Bay have represented immigrant communities, diverse cultures and the expression of baseball as the universal language
To continue the celebration, the Tampa Baseball Museum will host the Fourth Annual Homeruns & History celebration from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Ybor City’s Centennial Park and the Ybor City Museum State Park. Homeruns & History is a free family-friendly event that celebrates the rich history of the game in Tampa Bay and will feature autographs by Major and Minor League Baseball alumni.
Activities include a panel of Tampa’s winningest high school coaches, team mascots and street teams, games, and shopping at the Ybor City Saturday Market. Also featured are baseball-inspired food, music, fun and comradery celebrating the sport. Attendees are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing their uniforms, favorite team apparel or other baseball-themed gear.
The event is hosted in partnership with the Ybor City Saturday Market and the Ybor City Museum Society and is supported by a YCDC Event Co-sponsorship grant. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House.
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