Tampa Bay Sports History and Memorabilia on Display

Tampa Bay Sports History and Memorabilia on Display

Although Tampa Bay is not synonymous with successful sports towns like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or Boston, the Bay has experienced many sports events and teams worth celebrating. The Tampa Bay History Center aims to honor their local teams starting this weekend when they put almost eight decades worth of items on display.

The exhibit will be available until September 12th and will feature current and former teams in the Bay as well as players who grew up in the area such as Doc Gooden, Wade Boggs, Tony LaRussa, and Lou Piniella. Other featured memorabilia includes the Buccaneers' Championship Trophy, a replica of the Lightning's Stanley Cup, the Ray's ALCS trophy, Lou Piniella's World Series trophy from 2003, Tino Martinez's 1997 Silver Slugger award, and line up-cards from the Rays' 2008 World Series run.

A prominent feature of the exhibit will be Tampa Tribune sports cartoonist, Lamar Sparkman. Sparkman is well known for being the creator of "Bucco Bruce," who appeared on the Buccaneers' helmets from 1976-96. Hundreds of Sparkman's original drawings were donated to the History Center and are included in the display.

Admission the exhibit is $12 for adults, $7 for kids over age 3. All fathers will get in free this weekend in honor of Father's Day. Visit the Tampa Bay History Center's website for more information.

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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