Alfonso Ramon 'Al' Lopez was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
Alfonso Ramon 'Al' Lopez (August 20, 1908 October 30, 2005) was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. His Spanish-American heritage and 'gentlemanly nature' earned him the nickname 'El Seor'. 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. Lopez was the son of immigrants from Asturias, Spain who went to Cuba, then settled the Spanish-Cuban-Italian immigrant community of Ybor City, Tampa, Florida in the late 1880s. He was born in the immigrant neighborhood of Ybor City in Tampa, Florida.
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