Banks set tone for Class of 1977 in Cooperstown
Rusie also set a new standard with his dominance on the mound. The Mooresville, Ind., native eclipsed the 30-win mark on five different occasions and tallied 248 victories in his brief, 10-year career. Despite finishing 393 of the 427 games he started, Rusie’s fastball didn’t lose any life.
Lopez, like Rusie, demonstrated his durability throughout his playing days. Lopez once held the record for most games ever caught. After Lopez’s 19-year career, he found success as a manager.
Lopez managed the Indians to the 1954 AL Pennant and the Go-Go White Sox to the 1959 AL pennant. Lopez’s enshrinement stemmed from his impact on the game that went beyond x’s and o’s.
“What a man,” said Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin. “If he was your manager, you respected him. If you played against him, which I did, you looked up to him. He had such a standing in the game, that you could never hold a grudge against him. I knew of no one who disliked Al. He was special.”
Connor O’Gara was the 2012 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development