While the mid-season classic heated up in Minnesota Tuesday night, St. Lawrence Higgins Hall in Tampa hosted their own All-Star gala consisting of many local baseball greats.
Lou Piniella, Tino Martinez, Jody Reed, Sam Militello, and Jason Romano highlighted a list of former big leaguers in attendance. Meanwhile, high school coaching legends Pop Cuesta, Frank Permuy, John Crumbley, Billy Reed, Pete Mulry and Jim Macaluso took to the stage to share stories of some of the great moments and players of the past century.
The event celebrated the upcoming grand opening of the Tampa Baseball Museum, set to open at the Al Lopez House in Ybor City later this year. The event was organized by chairman Bob Gomez and gave a lifetime achievement award to Tony Saladino.
A silent auction and All-Star game watch party followed as all proceeds of the event were donated to the museum, located at 2003 N. 19th Street in Ybor City.
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