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 the team to six consecutive winning seasons. Under his watch, Cleveland had five second place finishes in the American League and won 111 games in 1954 before being swept in the World Series by the New York Giants.
Lopez would head to Chicago after his tenure in Cleveland and was the club’s manager from 1957 to 1965, leading the White Sox to the World Series in 1959. As a player, he was a two-time National League All-Star and held the record for most games caught until 1987. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.