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Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Jan. 31-Feb 2

Hitters and women of baseball are honored, Monster Jam returns and adults are invited to play in a kids’ museum.
The monster truck El Toro Loco, driven by Becky McDonough in Monster Jam, will return to Tampa on Feb. 1 to race at Raymond James Stadium. [Feld Entertainment]
The monster truck El Toro Loco, driven by Becky McDonough in Monster Jam, will return to Tampa on Feb. 1 to race at Raymond James Stadium. [Feld Entertainment]
Published Jan. 29

BASEBALL: HITTERS HALL OF FAME

The Ted Williams Museum will hold its 27th annual Hitters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Honorees include: Carlos Pena and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski (Hitters Hall of Fame), Mickey Lolich (Roy Halladay Pitching Achievement Award) and Bill Mazeroski (Ted Williams Lifetime Achievement Award). The late director and actor Penny Marshall will be honored for how her film A League of Their Own highlighted the achievements of women’s baseball. Former Rockford Peach players Sue Parsons Zipay and fellow players Maybelle Blair, Shirley Burkovich, Toni Palermo and Lois Youngen, plus two actors from the movie (Anne Ramsay, Patti Pelton), will be honored as part of a tribute to Marshall. The event will include dinner on the field, an autograph session and an auction. $125. 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 534-5343. tedwilliamsmuseum.com.

Related: These female baseball players were in a league of their own

BIG WHEELS: MONSTER JAM

The big trucks of Monster Jam are back for another round of tearing up the dirt and smashing lesser vehicles like school buses and trailers. Keep your eye out for backflips, when a truck launches into the air, rotates 360 degrees and lands back on its wheels. The first driver to successfully pull off this stunt was Cam McQueen in 2010. Todd LeDuc, 41, has been driving for Monster Jam for nine years. He pulled off the backflip in 2014, the year he won his first World Championship. He drives fast toward the obstacle, he said, "and when it looks like the hood is about to hit, give it 100 percent throttle and it’s the coolest feeling as it rotates and you spot the people upside down. Then you see the dirt and apply the brake and it causes it to settle and land and bounce on its wheels.” Becky McDonough, one of the few female Monster Jam drivers, pulled off another cool trick in 2016: back-to-back flips. Often, when a truck lands from a backflip, it is not lined up square or has lost momentum, forcing the driver to move on to another stunt. LeDuc has also landed a double backflip. In 2014, his car was in line after the first flip, “so I just flew across the floor and did it again and said, ‘Did that just happen?’” LeDuc’s signature move is the “LeDuc Leap,” flying across the track in his 12,000-pound Monster Energy truck for what seems like forever — keep in mind, a Cessna only weighs 2,500 pounds. Come early for the Pit Party from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and get pictures with the drivers and trucks. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Saturday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. monsterjam.com.

PLAY TIME: A NIGHT AT THE BREWSEUM

Adults take over Great Explorations Children’s Museum for A Night at the Brewseum. They play like kids, but with craft beer sampling, Nerf gun blackjack, tic-tac-toe, beer pong, slingshots, appetizers and swag bags. The party benefits the museum. $45 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. greatex.org.

Adults will get to climb the Longo's Cove exhibit during A Night at the Brewseum at the Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Petersburg. [Times (2017)]

POW WOW: NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL

The Brooksville Native American Festival returns this weekend to celebrate Native American art, culture and history. There will be music, dance, primitive skills demonstrations, kids activities, American Indian food vendors and more than 35 other vendors selling American Indian and Indian-inspired arts and crafts. $10, $5 children 5-12, 5 and younger free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. (727) 389-1395.

The Red Boyz Dancers and Drummers perform during the Brooksville Native American Festival in 2019 at Florida Classic Park. [Courtesy of Paul Delun]

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