Ybor City, FL — The Florida Sports Hall of Fame is teaming with the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House to present an intimate evening celebrating Tampa’s colorful history and featuring baseball legends, cigar rollers, Latin cuisine and entertainment. The first-ever Baseball, Bourbon and Cigars will be held Friday, March 25 at the Garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park. Two Florida Sports Hall of Fame members, manager Lou Piniella (1997) and slugger Wade Boggs (2003) will be in attendance along with a host of other MLB greats. The event runs from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the vibrant culture and rich history of Tampa and Ybor City while showcasing some of the greatest players to come from the area,” said Rick Hatcher, President of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. “We are grateful to be partnering with the Tampa Baseball Museum to host this event in Ybor City – a national historic landmark district.”
Additional players planning to attend include: Bob Stinson, Robin Fuson, Andy McGaffigan, Jason Michaels, Mike Heath, Luis Alicea, Steve Foucault, Matt LaPorta, Anthony Telford, Mike DiFelice and Sam McDowell.
The event will include a moderated panel discussion with players hosted by Dave Wills of the Tampa Bay Rays broadcast team and sponsored by Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Other sponsors for the event include Breakthru Beverage Company, Dugout Mugs, JC Newman Cigar Company, Papa Pilar Rum, and Yuengling Brewery.
Tickets are $150 per person and include food, drink and entertainment. Tables of eight can be purchased for $2,000. Tickets are limited and can be purchased here.