An old house built in the early 1900s, saved from the wrecking ball, will become the new Tampa Baseball Museum.
It's not unlike many other homes lived in by cigar factory workers. But the man who lived here for a half century was quite special: Al Lopez was the first player from Tampa inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Lopez, a catcher, joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1928.
He played 18 seasons, became a manager, and stayed in baseball until his retirement in 1969. He passed away in Tampa in 2005.
The Lopez home was moved from 1210 E. 12th Avenue during the widening of Interstate 4. It now sits just across the street from the Ybor City State Museum on East 9th Avenue. Renovation is now underway.
Later this year, it will open as the Tampa Baseball Museum, with lots of memorabilia and photos from the Lopez family, and from many Tampa baseball stars who would follow Lopez.
The museum has already received memorabilia to display from other famous Tampa players including Lou Piniella, Wade Boggs, Tony Larussa, Fred McGriff, Dwight Gooden, and others.
For more information visit www.tampabaseballmuseum.org
Baseball museum will open in 2014:
Historic houses on the move:
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