SIDE LiNES for Monday — October 31, 2005

• Wie donates $500,000 to Katrina fund

Wie donates $500,000 to Katrina fund


LAS VEGAS — Sixteen-year-old golfer Michelle Wie gave a $500,000 check to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, then played a round of golf with former President Clinton.

Wie, who turned pro Oct. 5 in her native Hawai’i, presented the check to Clinton at the Southern Highlands Golf Club Sunday morning. She was moved to act by images of the hurricane’s devastation.

“I just saw clips of it and I really wanted to help out,” Wie said. “I really do hope it helps a lot of people. … Compared to all the disaster, it’s such a little amount of money.”

“I want to thank Michelle for this very generous contribution to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund,” Clinton said in a statement. “There are many people in the Gulf Region who are in need and who will benefit from Michelle’s extraordinary generosity. She’s truly an inspiration on and off the course.”

Wie and Clinton played golf after she gave him the check. She described herself as a “big fan.”

Al Lopez dies at 97

MIAMI — Al Lopez, a Hall of Fame catcher and manager who led the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox to American League pennants in the 1950s, died Sunday at 97.

Lopez had been hospitalized in Tampa since Friday, when he suffered a heart attack at his son’s home, Al Lopez Jr. said.

Lopez was the oldest living Hall of Fame member, said Jeff Idelson, spokesman for the Hall. He caught Bob Feller, Dizzy Dean and Dazzy Vance, but never forgot working as a teenager with Walter Johnson, who won 417 games and possessed a legendary fastball.

Lopez hit .261 with 51 homers and 652 RBIs during a 19-year career in which he was one of baseball’s most durable catchers and set the record for most games caught in the major leagues at 1,918. The record was later broken by Bob Boone, then Carlton Fisk.

Lopez was best known for being the only AL manager to lead teams that finished ahead of the New York Yankees between 1949-64. He helped the Indians to the 1954 pennant and, until last week, was the last manager to lead the White Sox to the World Series — their 1959 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“We’re saddened by the news,” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said through a spokesman Sunday. “Al lived a long and good life. We’re so pleased we were able to win the World Series this year and that he was able to see it before he died.”


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