AL LOPEZ AUTOGRAPH


Alfonso Ramon “Al” Lopez was born August 20, 1908 – died October 30, 2005. Lopez was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball and the son of immigrants from Asturias, Spain who went to Cuba, then settled in Tampa’s Spanish-speaking Ybor City section. He established a major league record for career games as a catcher, and later became the only manager to interrupt the New York Yankees’ string of American League pennants from 1949 to 1964. With a .584 career winning percentage, he ranks 4th in major league history among managers of at least 2000 games, behind Joe McCarthy (.615), Frank Selee (.598) and John McGraw (.586). Over the course of 15 full seasons as manager, he never had a losing record. Born in Ybor City in Tampa, Florida, the son of a cigar factory worker, Lopez’ baseball career began with the local team, the Tampa Smokers, in 1924. Lopez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. In 1954, Al Lopez Field in his hometown of Tampa was named in his honor. He was later ejected from a spring training exhibition game at that field after yelling at an umpire. The Field was razed in 1989, and its former location is now the south end zone of Raymond James Stadium. Al Lopez Park, formerly Horizon Park north of the stadium, was renamed in his honor in 1992, and a statue of him was erected there. Lopez died in Tampa at the age of 97, just four days after the White Sox won the World Series for the first time in 88 years, in their first pennant-winning season since Lopez led the 1959 team. He had been hospitalized for a heart attack, suffered two days earlier at his son’s home. He was the longest-lived member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the last living major leaguer to play in the 1920s. Original Al Lopez Autograph, signed on a Paper (a page from an Autograph Book). Approx. Size 4 1/2 x 6 inches. Regular Price – $ 75.00 / Sale Price – $ 36.00.

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