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Clearwater Bombers raising money for museum

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos (R) poses with Gary Kane in front of the the Clearwater Bombers’ sign on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. [Times (2016]
Published May 23

CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Bombers Legacy Project is hosting a golf tournament June 1 to raise money for a history museum the nonprofit hopes to build in the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex.

Former professional baseball player and manager Lou Piniella and University of South Florida Bulls coach Ken Eriksen have confirmed to play, according to Bombers Legacy Project vice president Gary Kane.

The tournament will be held at The Eagles Golf Club, 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, in Odessa at 12:30 p.m. in a four-person scramble format. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $85 per person and various sponsorships are available.

Kane said the nonprofit, which launched in 2012, has raised $30,000 so far for the museum. He could not provide a total budget cost but said he is in discussions with city officials about the project. The nonprofit's goals are to create a museum and documentary about the Clearwater Bombers, which played from 1940 until 2000 and won 10 national championships between 1950 and 1973.

"They're dying off and we're trying to do this as quick as we can to honor the guys still alive," Kane said. "We want to bus students in on field trips and show different films ... let the old timers from senior citizen homes come in. They can relate to it. And for the young kids, we need to keep the legacy alive."

More information can be found at clearwaterbombers.inc.com or by calling (727) 442-6981.

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