Al Luplow

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Al Luplow
Born: (1939-03-13)March 13, 1939
Saginaw, Michigan
Died: December 28, 2017(2017-12-28) (aged 78)
Saginaw, Michigan
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 16, 1961, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1967, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average.235
Home runs33
Runs batted in125

Alvin David Luplow, Jr. (March 13, 1939 – December 28, 2017) was an American professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball from 1961 through 1967 for the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Pittsburgh Pirates. His name is pronounced "loop-low."[1]

Luplow attended Michigan State University, where he played varsity football, before signing his first pro contract with Cleveland. He batted left-handed, threw right-handed, stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

Appearing in 481 games over all or parts of seven Major League seasons, Luplow collected 292 hits in 1,243 at bats. Usually serving in a reserve role, Luplow was the regular right fielder for the 1964 Indians and the 1966 Mets.

He is, however, remembered for making one of the most spectacular catches in the history of Fenway Park on June 27, 1963, off the bat of Red Sox hitter Dick Williams. With the tying runs on base, in the eighth inning, Luplow raced back to the right field bullpen wall, leapt, and made a backhanded catch as he flew over the fence and head-first into the bullpen.[2]

He died on Thursday December 28, 2017.


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