Astros in the Sky
The Deadball Era
Born: Sep 21, 1948
The hard-throwing native of Mexico was dubbed "Señor Smoke" for his fastball. He had eight games with the Royals in 1974 then resurfaced with the cross-state Cardinals in 1978. He was traded to Detroit where he found his greatest success, pitching for the 1984 World Champion Tigers.
Released before the 1986 season, Lopez signed in June with the Astros and helped them win the N.L. West that year as a reliever. He was released by Houston the following June to close out his big league career. As an Astro, he posted a 5-4 record with eight saves and a 3.80 ERA in 71 games. For his career, he was 62-36 with 93 saves and a 3.56 ERA.
Lopez passed away in an automobile accident on September 22, 1992 in Mexico, a day after he turned 44 years of age.