Al 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 inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. (Click image to read entire plaque)

In 1954, Al Lopez Field in his hometown of Tampa was named in his honor. 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.

See 1984 video of Tampa Stadium, Al Lopez Field and Ybor City

Lopez died in Tampa on Oct. 30, 2005 at the age of 97, just four days after the White Sox won the World Series for the first time in 88 years--their first pennant-winning season since Lopez led the 1959 team. He had been hospitalized for a heart attack, suffered two days earlier at his son's home. He was the longest-lived member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the last living major leaguer to play in the 1920s.

See photos of Al Lopez from  LIFE  Magazine

 

 

A Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) basks in the sunshine. 

 

 

Special thanks to Mark Kiser, Birding Trail Coordinator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, for identifying the bird in this photo.

 

Visit www.floridabirdingtrail.com

   

 

Commonly called "Palmetto bushes," Saw Palmettos are the most abundant palms in Florida.  The fan shaped leaves are edged with sharp "saw teeth."

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Calvo - "Arcade" (1990)
 
                                                                          
 

 

 

                          Steel, Wood
                          Two bridges, 5’ x 35’
                          Al Lopez Park                

 

Other Robert Calvo works in Tampa  T.I.A. Remote Parking Terazzo Mosaics

 

Calvo’s artwork, a set of two cor-ten steel and wood pedestrian bridges within the grounds of Al Lopez Park, serve to emphasize a particular part of the park demarcated by two creeks. The bridges serve as portals or gateways for the pedestrians utilizing the site, evoking both a sense of place and the passage of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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