October 31, 2005

Oldest Baseball Hall of Fame member dies

SALVO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Former major league
player and manager Al Lopez, the oldest living member of the
Baseball Hall of Fame, has died in Tampa, Florida, aged 97.

Lopez died on Sunday, his son Al Jr. said. He had suffered
an apparent heart attack on Friday.

Lopez managed the 1954 Cleveland Indians and the 1959
Chicago White Sox to American League pennants after a 19-year
major league career as a catcher.

The White Sox's pennant was their first in 40 years and
their last until they won the AL title and World Series this
year. Lopez recently had done several interviews about the 1959
White Sox.

"He really enjoyed that," his son said. "He knew the White
Sox had won the World Series (this year). He thought that was
an absolutely wonderful story."

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement on
Sunday: "We're saddened by the news. Al lived a long and good
life. We're so pleased we were able to win the World Series
this year and that he was able to see it before he died."