Tampa, Florida -- The City of Tampa took possession of the former home of Al Lopez paving the way for the Tampa Baseball Museum.
The home was relocated back in May from its original location on 12th Street to 19th Street in Ybor City.
Chantal Hevia, president of the Ybor City Museum Society that is developing the museum, said it took about a year for the whole process to get the Lopez House moved.
The Ybor City Museum will soon begin rehab on the house. They will maintain the outside of the home and turn the inside into a museum.
The museum will be a home for celebration, preservation, and education of local baseball culture -- from Little League to Major League and everything in between including: factory, inter-social, municipal, Cigar City, and Negro leagues. The museum will cover more than 125 years of baseball heritage with permanent and rotating exhibits.
It is planned to open in Spring 2014.
Lopez was the first Major League baseball player from Tampa and the first Hall of Famer from Tampa.