Do you love baseball? Then the Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame is a must-see destination! The museum is located at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays.
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First, let’s talk a bit about Ted Williams. If you’re unfamiliar with baseball, Ted Williams played for the Boston Red Sox throughout the 1940s and 1950s, before retiring in 1960. He accomplished some truly phenomenal feats, such as:
- Winning six Major League batting titles
- Leading the league in home runs four times
- Leading the league in Runs Batted In (RBIs) four times
- Winning the Triple Crown (led the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs) twice
- Hitting .406 in 1941, and is the last player to reach the .400 mark
In short, Ted Williams is arguably the greatest hitter of all time. His museum serves as a testament to his memory, and also honors some of the games other great hitters. Other members include Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth, and dozens more.
Ted Williams Museum Exhibits
The Ted Williams Museum offers several main exhibits:
- The Negro Leagues: Sadly, due to racial discrimination, many of baseball’s greatest players never played in the Major Leagues. This exhibit is dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of those who were never given the chance they deserved.
- All-American Girls Baseball League: Did you ever see “A League of Their Own?” This wonderful exhibit chronicles the women of the All-American Girls Baseball League, the same league featured in the classic movie.
- Triple Crown Exhibit: There are only a handful of baseball players who’ve won the Triple Crown. This new exhibit tells their story. Learn more about the talented athletes who accomplished this incredible feat.
- Recent Inductees: The museum chronicles the stories and accomplishments of its latest Hitters Hall of Famers, including Alex Rodriguez and David “Big Papi” Ortiz.
- Cy Young Exhibit: In 2012, Rays ace pitcher David Price won the Cy Young Award. The Ted Williams Museum has a display showcasing this tremendous honor.
After the Museum
After your trip to the museum, why not enjoy some of St. Petersburg’s amazing microbreweries? We recommend checking out 3 Daughters Brewing and Green Bench Brewing, both located right in St. Pete. Both offer a wide variety of brews, from your light summer beers to dark and heavy porters and stouts, and both offer great settings for a fun and relaxing drink with your friends or loved ones.
Once you’ve had your fill of beer and baseball, return to the Historic Peninsula Inn for a delicious dinner at Isabelle’s. Isabelle’s is our award-winning on-site restaurant specializing in New Southern cuisine. Rand McNally loved it enough to award it their “Best of the Beaches” and “Best of the Road” awards.
And when you can’t hold your eyes open any longer, drop into a soft bed here at the Historic Peninsula Inn. We offer a wide variety of accommodations perfect for everyone from business travelers, to couples on a romantic getaway, to the family of four exploring Old Florida. We hope to see you soon!
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