Alfonso Ramon Lopez: Born in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 20, 1908, of Spanish ancestry and as thoroughly American as pizza, knackwurst and chile con carne.
Player: Broke in with Tampa in 1925, made the majors ( Brooklyn) in 1930, subsequently played for Boston (NL), Pittsburgh and Cleveland. A catcher first, last and always, he caught more games (1,918) than any other man in major league history. Handled pitchers so well he was called "Winning Pitcher Lopez." Major league batting average: .261.
Manager: Formed his own ideas about the craft under Robinson, Stengel, McKechnie, Carey, Frisch. Decided the McGraw "drive 'em" technique badly overworked. Won one American Association title, two seconds at Indianapolis, three successive seconds so far at Cleveland.