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Baseball: oldest HOF'er Al Lopez passes away...

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posted on Oct, 30 2005 @ 07:13 PM
Al Lopez, a Hall of Fame catcher and manager who led the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox to American League pennants in the 1950s, died Sunday at 97.

Lopez was the oldest living Hall of Fame member, said Jeff Idelson, spokesman for the Hall. He caught Bob Feller, Dizzy Dean and Dazzy Vance, but never forgot working as a teenager with Walter Johnson, who won 417 games and possessed a legendary fastball.

Lopez hit .261 with 51 homers and 652 RBIs during a 19-year career in which he was one of baseball's most durable catchers and set the record for most games caught in the major leagues at 1,918. The record was later broken by Bob Boone, then Carlton Fisk.

at least he lived long enough to see the White Sox win the world series....;_ylt=AnjRV4wS2dt8Xf43SERIri45nYcB?slug=ap-obit-lopez&prov=ap&type=lgns

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