TAMPA, FL – Bringing local families a welcomed distraction from the coronavirus pandemic, the Tampa Baseball Museum will bring baseball greats right to your home over the next few weeks! The museum will launch its Facebook Live Series this Wednesday, April 15th at 4PM with the iconic Joe Maddon! The legendary baseball manager and founder of the Respect 90 Foundation joins us from the Los Angeles Angels.
Join us for the virtual visit with Maddon on the Tampa Baseball Museum’s Facebook page. Submit your questions or just sit back and relax! It’s free and open to all! The Facebook Live series will share fun stories about baseball and baseball history, as well as spotlight Tampa’s unique role in this American pastime! The museum is honored to launch the “Who’s on Wednesday” series with the former manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs! He’s generously donating his time and talents to bring baseball fans, of all ages, a welcome reprieve from the worries of the coronavirus.
Maddon has been staying busy during major league baseball’s unexpected hiatus this season. Instead of spring training with players, he’s hosting videos from the seat of his bike and teleconferencing with coaches! One routine that’s not new is Maddon’s regular videoconferencing with students! The baseball great started this practice 10 years ago, using technology to connect with middle school, high school and college students on a regular basis.
ABOUT JOE MADDON
Joe Maddon is the manager of the Los Angeles Angels, where he has a long \ history as player, coach and interim manager. In 2016, he led the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series championship in the franchise. He led the Tampa Bay Rays to four post-season appearances and a World Series. Noted for his philanthropy, Maddon created “Thanksmas”, an annual tradition of serving meals and gifts to needy families throughout the Tampa Bay Area.
ABOUT TAMPA BASEBALL MUSEUM AT THE AL LOPEZ HOUSE
The Tampa Baseball Museum is devoted to honoring and preserving the robust history of baseball in our community, dating back to the 1900’s. Baseball artifacts and collections are being installed inside the historic home of Al Lopez, Major League Baseball’s first player from Tampa. Lopez’ childhood home was relocated from its original location to the northeast corner of 9th Avenue and 19th Street and has undergone major renovations. Installation of its first two baseball exhibits was completed earlier this year, with plans to install additional exhibits and formally open to the general public in the near future. Visit TampaBaseballMuseum.org or the Tampa Baseball Museum Facebook page for more information. If you’d like to help expedite the opening of the Tampa Baseball Museum, please contact the Ybor City Museum Society at 813.247.1434 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All community partners are welcomed!