Al Lopez

  Male      American      Athlete

  Born : Aug 20, 1908  -
  Died : Oct 30, 2005

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Alfonso Ramón "Al" Lopez (August 20, 1908 – October 30, 2005) was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played catcher for the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers, Boston Bees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians between 1928 and 1947. He was a manager for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox from 1951 to 1965 and 1968 to 1969. His Spanish-American heritage and "gentlemanly nature" earned him the nickname "El Señor".

As a player, Lopez was a two-time All-Star and established a major league record for career games as a catcher (1918). As a manager, his .584 career winning percentage ranks fourth in major league history among managers of at least 2000 games, behind Joe McCarthy (.615), Frank Selee (.598) and John McGraw (.586). His Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox teams were the only squads to interrupt the New York Yankees' string of American League pennants from 1949 to 1964, in 1954 and 1959, respectively. Over the course of 18 full seasons as a baseball manager (15 in the major leagues and 3 in the minors), his teams never finished with a losing record. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

Lopez grew up in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Florida, the son of Spanish parents who had briefly lived in Cuba before immigrating to Florida. The Tampa Baseball Museum is being constructed in his childhood home...

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