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Al Lopez

HOF (1977) as Manager 1951-69 Cle-A & Chi-A
Led NL catchers 4 times in fielding.
Most Career Games Caught (1,918) record at retirement which held until 1987 {now 5th on alltime list}
All-Star Selection 1934 & 1941

Full Name: Alfonso Ramon Lopez
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Born: Aug 20, 1908 in Tampa, FL
Major League Debut: Sep 27, 1928

MANAGERIAL
RECORD


CAREER BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG
1928
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Cle
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
AL
.000
.309
.269
.275
.301
.273
.251
.242
.204
.267
.252
.294
.259
.265
.256
.263
.230
.218
.307
.262
3
128
111
126
126
140
128
128
105
71
131
36
59
114
103
118
115
91
56
61
12
421
360
404
372
439
379
426
334
236
412
119
174
317
289
372
331
243
150
126
0
60
38
44
39
58
50
46
31
19
32
20
15
33
17
40
27
22
13
9
0
130
97
111
112
120
95
103
68
63
104
35
45
84
74
98
76
53
46
33
0
20
13
18
11
23
12
12
11
6
22
3
6
9
8
9
12
8
2
1
0
4
4
6
4
2
4
5
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
4
1
0
0
0
0
6
0
1
3
7
3
7
3
1
8
2
1
5
1
1
1
0
1
0
0
57
40
43
41
54
39
50
38
14
49
17
24
43
26
39
34
18
12
14
0
33
28
34
21
49
35
41
35
11
40
6
13
31
34
44
34
35
23
9
0
35
33
35
39
44
36
41
57
24
45
8
13
23
17
25
24
12
14
13
.000
.362
.324
.331
.338
.349
.316
.311
.281
.305
.319
.328
.310
.330
.338
.341
.303
.317
.399
.311
.000
.418
.328
.356
.376
.383
.327
.343
.269
.314
.369
.387
.333
.347
.308
.317
.281
.251
.340
.270
Totals AVG
.261
G
1950
AB
5916
R
613
H
1547
2B
206
3B
43
HR
51
RBI
652
BB
556
K
538
OBP
.326
SLG
.337

 BATTINGBASERUNNINGMISC
YEAR TEAM LG HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1928
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Cle
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
AL
0
2
1
0
0
2
1
2
1
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
--
--
--
--
9
15
8
15
15
9
10
3
8
10
10
6
7
5
6
1
0
176
118
144
140
168
124
146
90
74
152
46
58
110
89
118
93
61
51
34
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
0
10
3
6
10
14
10
1
8
7
11
1
4
6
6
12
5
2
4
1
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
0
3
1
3
10
2
2
1
3
5
1
1
5
0
0
2
4
1
1
1
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
1
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
-.---
.500
--.-
70.2
--.-
404.0
124.0
62.7
126.3
60.9
111.3
236.0
51.5
59.5
174.0
63.4
289.0
372.0
331.0
--.-
150.0
--.-
--.-
12.0
10.9
11.5
9.5
10.0
10.5
10.4
5.9
9.8
9.2
14.9
13.4
13.8
17.0
14.9
13.8
20.3
10.7
9.7
Totals HBP
14
GDP
137
TB
1992
IBB
--
SH
121
SF
--
SB
46
CS
1
SB%
.979
AB/HR
116.0
AB/K
11.0


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1928
1930
1931
1932
1933
1933
1934
1934
1934
1935
1936
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1940
1941
1942
1943
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bro
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Bos
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Pit
Cle
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
AL
C
C
C
C
2B
C
3B
2B
C
C
1B
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
3B
C
C
C
C
C
3
126
105
125
1
124
2
2
137
126
1
127
102
71
129
36
59
114
99
1
116
115
91
56
57
9
540
470
551
7
538
6
6
615
548
1
568
432
285
503
154
255
407
382
2
448
431
367
206
172
9
465
390
456
3
449
2
4
542
472
1
447
342
240
424
119
224
345
327
0
378
372
326
173
144
0
66
69
82
4
84
4
2
62
65
0
107
83
42
72
33
29
54
53
1
66
52
38
30
28
0
9
11
13
0
5
0
0
11
11
0
14
7
3
7
2
2
8
2
1
4
7
3
3
0
0
9
6
10
1
14
1
1
4
8
0
9
5
4
11
4
7
5
14
0
9
6
7
4
1
1.000
0.983
0.977
0.976
1.000
0.991
1.000
1.000
0.982
0.980
1.000
0.975
0.984
0.989
0.986
0.987
0.992
0.980
0.995
0.500
0.991
0.984
0.992
0.985
1.000
Totals G
1925
Ch
7903
PO
6654
A
1126
E
123
DP
140
FPCT
0.984


ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1934
1941
TM
Bro
Pit
LG
NL
NL
G
1
1
AB
2
1
R
0
0
H
0
0
2B
0
0
3B
0
0
HR
0
0
RBI
0
0
TB
0
0
BB
0
0
K
1
0
SB
0
0
BAVG
.000
.000
SLG
.000
.000
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
AB/K
2.0
--.-
Totals G
2
AB
3
R
0
H
0
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
0
TB
0
BB
0
K
1
SB
0
AVG
.000
SLG
.000
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
3.0


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1928-1931
1932-1935
1936-1940
1940-1946
1947
TM
Bro
Bro
Bos
Pit
Cle
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
AL
TEAM NAME
Brooklyn Robins
Brooklyn Dodgers
Boston Bees
Pittsburgh Pirates
Cleveland Indians
LEAGUE NAME
National League
National League
National League
National League
American League

Given the name Senor because of his Spanish background, Alfonso Lopez began his pro career with hometown Tampa in the Florida State League in 1925. Lopez was sixteen years old at the time. During his first season, Lopez was chosen to catch Walter Johnson as a team of all-stars played a Florida exhibition. "Son, some day you're going to be a great catcher," was Johnson's fabled farewell to the teen.

Lopez had sworn off baseball at age ten after getting hit in the face with a ball. The fact that he'd been skipping school to play baseball was uncovered when his chums called an ambulance for the fallen Lopez. But Lopez forgave the sport after becoming team captain for his junior high school. Older brother Emilio played catcher for amateur teams and encouraged Alfonso to do the same.

Lopez broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing for manager Wilbert "robbie" Robinson, who couldn't remember his catcher's name and called the five-foot-eleven inch Lopez "that little Cuban." In 1941, Lopez tied an NL record by going an entire season without a single passed ball. During his years behind the plate, starting fulltime from 1930 through 1947, Lopez was considered one of the finest defensive catchers in the majors and was highly regarded for his ability in working with pitchers. He led National League catchers four times in fielding, and tied a league record in 1941 by allowing no passed balls in 114 games. When he retired as an active player after the 1947 season, he had caught 1,918 games, a record that stood until 1987 (forty years).

Elected to the HALL OF FAME as a manager in 1977, Al Lopez finished with a 1,410-1,004 won-lost record. He considered winning American League pennants with the Cleveland Indians in 1954 and Chicago White Sox in 1959 among his fondest memories. [Click to see Lopez's complete Managerial Record] Lopez retired from managing in 1970 to Tampa Bay, Florida.