Hall of Famer Al Lopez dies at 97

7:57 PM, Oct 30, 2005   |    comments
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MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Hall of Fame catcher and manager Al Lopez has died. Lopez led the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox to American League pennants in the 1950's. He was 97. His son Al Lopez Junior says he had been hospitalized since Friday, when he suffered a heart attack. A National Baseball Hall of Fame spokesman says Lopez was the oldest living Hall of Fame member. The hall will fly its flags at half mast and adorn his plaque with a wreath. With Lopez's death, former New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto becomes the oldest living member of the Hall. Rizzuto is 88. Lopez's son says he stayed active in retirement, playing golf and following the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Lopez had lived alone in Tampa since his wife, Connie, died in 1983.

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