The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House is in the final stretch of raising the funds necessary to complete the remaining exhibits and open to the public.
The museum is located in the childhood home of Al Lopez, Tampa’s first major-league player, manager and Hall of Fame inductee. The exhibits will feature Lopez and his career, as well as almost 90 other professional players who call Tampa home. Other exhibits will highlight youth leagues, minor leagues, war-time leagues and spring training.
Despite the facility not yet being open, the museum already hosts many programs and events for the community. Its annual Home Runs & History event has been hosted by Tampa-born Lou Piniella for three years now and features autographs from former big-leaguers, a coaches Q&A panel, kids games and more.
At the start of 2020, the museum had targeted an opening date by the end of the year. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, progress has been slowed. Museum officials are asking for help in raising the remaining money needed to complete the project. Once all the funding they need is collected, the museum is expected to open within four to six months.
All donations received from now until Dec. 1 will be matched 100 percent thanks to a Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant. Donate at tampabaseballmuseum.org.