Héctor López, two-time World Series champion with Yankees and first Black Triple-A manager, dies at 93

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Héctor López, a two-time World Series champion and the first black manager in Triple-A history, has died at the age of 93. according to MLB.com’s Julia Cross. The New York Yankees, the team with which López has spent most of his career, observed a minute’s silence before Friday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles to honor him.

López appeared in chunks of 12 big league seasons and amassed a career .269/.330/.415 slash that was good for 103 OPS+. He homed 136 times and stole 16 bases, albeit with an inefficient clip. According to Baseball Reference’s calculations, his contributions were worth an estimated 12.9 wins over backup.

López was considered a better hitter than fielder throughout his career, and teams moved him around the diamond to find his optimal position. In fact, he finished his career with more than 150 appearances at four different venues: both outfield corners, second base, and third base. “Most managers I’ve ever had have kept moving me from one position to another,” he told a reporter in 1963. “I was young then and I think it influenced me.”

López began his career as a member of the Kansas City Athletics. He spent more than four seasons with that organization before being traded to the Yankees in May 1959. This deal also brought in Yankees Ralph Terry and cost them Johnny Kucks, Jerry Lumpe and Tom Sturdivant. López, the second Panamanian-born player to reach the major leagues, subsequently spent the remainder of his career with the Yankees, winning both the 1961 and 1962 World Series Fall Classics with him in tow.)

After retiring from playing, López became the first black manager in Triple-A history. He later coached and scouted for various organizations including the Yankees.

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