Hey everyone.  Travis back with some Tampa Bay entertainment that's also educational...of course from our friends at the Tampa Bay History Center.  Here's the scoop -

Former Negro Leagues baseball players Walter “Dirk” Gibbons, Clifford “Quack” Brown, Raydell “Lefty” Maddix and Billy Reed will visit the Tampa Bay History Center on February 20  to talk about their years playing for local pro and semi-pro African American teams.

Dr. Raymond Doswell, Vice President of Curatorial Services of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri will lead the players in a question and answer session following his discussion on the History Center’s traveling exhibit, Shades of Greatness. 

Dr. Doswell’s lecture will take place at 3pm in the History Center’s TECO Hall. A question and answer session with the former players will take place immediately following Dr. Doswell’s presentation.

And here's the GREAT news...the event is FREE and open to the public.

On loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Shades of Greatness: Art Inspired by the Negro Leagues Baseball, is a multimedia collection of artwork that highlights an often-overlooked part of baseball history. The exhibit also includes objects and photos of Tampa and Florida Negro League teams and players from various public and private collections as well as the Tampa Bay History Center’s collection.

The exhibition will be on display until April 25 and is included in the History Center’s general admission price...so get moving and get out there! 

And as always, keep checking back for more great things to do in Tampa Bay and other Tampa Bay area events.