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Lopez' largest contributions to the sport began in [[1951]], when he became the manager of the [[Cleveland Indians]], a position he would hold until [[1956]]. In [[1954]], the Indians won a then [[American League]] record 111 games (since broken by the [[1998]] [[New York Yankees]] and [[2001]] [[Seattle Mariners]]). In every other season he spent with the team, the Indians finished second to the Yankees. According to [[Hank Greenberg]]'s autobiography (Greenberg was GM during Lopez' tenure with Cleveland). Lopez' resignation after the 1956 season was forced by Greenberg and the Cleveland stockholders.
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Lopez' largest contributions to the sport began in [[1951]], when he became the manager of the [[Cleveland Indians]], a position he would hold until [[1956]]. In [[1954]], the Indians won a then [[American League]] record 111 games (since broken by the [[1998]] [[New York Yankees]] and [[2001]] [[Seattle Mariners]]). In every other season he spent with the team, the Indians finished second to the Yankees.
   
 
Lopez moved on to manage the [[Chicago White Sox]] in [[1957]] and carried his success over to his new team. As White Sox manager until [[1965]], he never had a losing season. The White Sox won the American League pennant in [[1959 World Series|1959]] and finished in second place five times, never posting fewer than 82 victories. His 1954 and 1959 teams were the only non-Yankee clubs to win the AL pennant between [[1949]] and [[1964]].
 
Lopez moved on to manage the [[Chicago White Sox]] in [[1957]] and carried his success over to his new team. As White Sox manager until [[1965]], he never had a losing season. The White Sox won the American League pennant in [[1959 World Series|1959]] and finished in second place five times, never posting fewer than 82 victories. His 1954 and 1959 teams were the only non-Yankee clubs to win the AL pennant between [[1949]] and [[1964]].
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Lopez briefly returned to manage 47 games in [[1968]] for the White Sox and 17 games in [[1969]], then retired. His 1410 wins ranked 11th all-time upon his retirement, and his 840 wins with the White Sox still rank second in franchise history, behind [[Jimmy Dykes]] (899).
 
Lopez briefly returned to manage 47 games in [[1968]] for the White Sox and 17 games in [[1969]], then retired. His 1410 wins ranked 11th all-time upon his retirement, and his 840 wins with the White Sox still rank second in franchise history, behind [[Jimmy Dykes]] (899).
   
Lopez was selected to the [[Baseball Hall of Fame]] in [[1977]] by the Veterans' Committee along with Joe Sewell and Amos Rusie. This marked the last time prior to 1995 that the Vets' picked more than 2 candidates in one election.
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Lopez was inducted into the [[Baseball Hall of Fame]] in [[1977]].
   
 
In [[1954]], [[Al Lopez Field]] in his hometown of Tampa was named in his honor. He was later ejected from a [[spring training]] exhibition game at that field after yelling at an umpire. The Field was razed in [[1989]], and its former location is now the south [[end zone]] of [[Raymond James Stadium]]. [[Al Lopez Park]], formerly [[Horizon Park]] north of the stadium, was renamed in his honor in [[1992]], and a statue of him was erected there.
 
In [[1954]], [[Al Lopez Field]] in his hometown of Tampa was named in his honor. He was later ejected from a [[spring training]] exhibition game at that field after yelling at an umpire. The Field was razed in [[1989]], and its former location is now the south [[end zone]] of [[Raymond James Stadium]]. [[Al Lopez Park]], formerly [[Horizon Park]] north of the stadium, was renamed in his honor in [[1992]], and a statue of him was erected there.
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