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For four days Lopez suffered in reflected humiliation while the Giants swept the 1954 World Series from the Indians, four games to none. The sweep was an achievement baseball men had insisted was impossible. Bookmakers admitted it was possible, but rated the possibility at 22-to-l. Yet as the incredible victimized him, Al Lopez remained soft-spoken save for a single interlude after the second game when Early Wynn failed, when the Indian attack failed for the second time and when ultimate defeat became a clear and present danger.
Reporters were admitted to the visitors' clubhouse at the Polo Grounds five minutes after the second game ended. They gathered in a tight circle about Lopez. There were some good questions and some bad. At first Lopez answered in whispers.
"What was the turning point today?" one reporter asked.
"There wasn't any turning point," Lopez murmured.
"There's got to be a turning point," the reporter insisted. "What was it?"
"There wasn't any, I'm telling you," Lopez repeated, breaking out of a whisper.
"Was the turning point when Doby couldn't catch that ball Rhodes hit?" the reporter persisted thickly.
"Now goddam," Lopez shouted. "What are you trying to do. Ask your questions and answer them, too? Goddam. What are you trying to do?"