FLOR500, Garden 233 Al Lopez, Baseball Player (1908–2005) Al Lopez, born in the Ybor City area of Tampa, was the first Tampa native to play in major league baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cleveland Indians. At the time he retired as a player in 1947, he held the record for the most games played as a catcher: 1,918. He later became a manager and won American League pennants with the 1954 Cleveland Indians and the 1959 Chicago White Sox. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
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Al Lopez, Baseball Player

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Al Lopez, Baseball Player

(1908–2005)

Al Lopez, born in the Ybor City area of Tampa, was the first Tampa native to play in major league baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cleveland Indians. At the time he retired as a player in 1947, he held the record for the most games played as a catcher: 1,918. He later became a manager and won American League pennants with the 1954 Cleveland Indians and the 1959 Chicago White Sox. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.





 




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