A Special Veterans Committee selects Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, and Al Lopez for the Hall of Fame. Sewell hit .312 in 14 years with the Indians and Yankees. Rusie won 246 games from 1889 to 1898. Lopez was 19 years a catcher, but it was his .584 winning percentage in 17 years as a manager that got him into Cooperstown.
After 9 years, the Cleveland Indians fire manager Lou Boudreau in spite of fan protest. Boudreau’s overall winning percentage is .529, but he won 92 games in a fourth-place finish. Al Lopez, who managed Double-A Minneapolis since 1948, takes over with a 2-year contract.
Brooklyn Robins catcher Al Lopez drives one over the head of Cincinnati Reds left fielder Bob Meusel, and the ball bounces into the bleachers at Ebbets Field. It will be the Major Leagues’ last recorded bounce home run. The National League declares after the season that such a hit will henceforth be a double. The American League had made the…