Alfonso Ramon Lopez
Born: Aug. 20, 1908 in Tampa, Fla.
Died: Oct. 30, 2005 in Tampa, Fla.
Debut: 1928 | Pos: C
H: 5'11" | W: 165 | B: R | T: R
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Al Lopez, a former major league catcher and Hall of Fame manager, died on Oct. 30, 2005, in Tampa, Fla. He was 97.
He had been hospitalized in Tampa for two days after suffering a heart attack.
Lopez, at the time of his death, was the oldest living member of Baseball's Hall of Fame. As a catcher, he had caught for Bob Feller, Dizzy Dean, Dazzy Vance and Walter Johnson.
As a player, he hit .261 with 51 home runs and 652 RBI in a career that spanned 19 seasons. He had set the record for most games caught at 1,918. The mark was later broken by Bob Boone and later by Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk. He was a two-time All Star as a player -- 1934 and 1941.
In 1930, he hit .309 and drove in a career-high 57 RBI for Brooklyn. He played for Brooklyn (1928, 1930-1935), Boston NL (1936-1940), Pittsburgh (1940-1946) and Cleveland (1947).
As a manager, he led the Indians to the pennant in 1954 and to the World Series in 1959. The Indians lost to the Dodgers.
He was the manager of the Indians from 1951-56 and for the White Sox from 1957-65 and 1968-69. The Indians won 111 games in 1954 and, in 1959, his "Go-Go" White Sox won Chicago's first pennant since 1919. His teams finished second to the Yankees in every other year of that decade.
His teams finished second in the division ten times in his career. His only losing season came in 1968 when he finished, with a 21-26 record over 47 games.