The Indians announce the firing of popular manager Lou Boudreau and name his predecessor, long-time Major League catcher and successful minor league manager, Al Lopez.
The move was lauded in the city by some fans, many of whom had only …
Last week, the Major League Baseball family lost a trailblazer and an icon of the sports scene, not just in the city of Chicago, but across the entire county, with the death of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.
Mr. Cub, who would have turned 84 on Saturday, signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1953. The next season, he would become a mainstay on the lineup card, leading the league in games played for the first of six times in his career. He would spend 19 years in the Show, winning consecutive MVP awards in 1958 and 1959 while making eleven All-Star teams. A rare breed of shortstop for any era, he hit 40 homers or more five times in a six year span and drove in 143 runs in during his phenomenal 1959 campaign.
Despite the accomplishments and accolades, the first ballot Hall of Famer in 1977 also sits atop the list of men who played in the most career games without a postseason appearance.
Al Lopez, skipper of the 1954 American League pennant winning Cleveland Indians team, passes away at 97.
Lopez, who concluded his 19 year Major League career in Cleveland in 1947, replaced Lou Boudreau as Indians’ manager in 1951 and led …