Three more names were added to the membership roll of baseball's Hall of Fame today when the Veteran's Committee named the late Amos Rusie, a turn-of-the-century pitcher, shortstip Joe Sewell and longtime manager Al Lopez to the Cooperstown, N.Y., Shrine.
They will be inducted in ceremonies on Aug. 8 along with infielder Ernie Banks, the only player elected in the Baseball Writers Association of America election earlier this month.
The 10-man Veteran's Committee, which includes Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Burleigh Grimes, and Charlie Gehringer, huddled for more than three hours before reaching its decision.
Ground rules for the Veteran's Committee require that those under consideration be out of baseball for 25 years and that give years have passed since their last consideration by the writers.
Rusie and Sewell were named as players and Lopez in the nonactive category that covers managers, umpires and executives.
Rusie, who died in 1942, pitched for 10 seasons with Indianapolis, the New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds, winning 243 games and losing 160 for a .603 percentage. In eight seasons with the Giants, he won more than 30 games three times, and won 20 or more the other five years. His best years were 1894 when he compiled a 36-13 record and 1897 when he was 298. Five times he led the National league in strikeouts, his high being 345 in 1890.
Sewell played 14 years as a major league shortstop, the first 11 with the Cleveland Indians and the last three with the New York Yankees. He had a career batting average of .312.
Twice, Swell led the league with only four strikeouts in an entire season and his total of 114 career strikeouts is the fewest of any player with 14 or more seasons of major league service.
Lopez spent 19 years in the majors as a catcher but was elected not for his playing, but for his record as a manager with Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox. In 16 seasons beginning in 1951, he won two pennants and finished second 10 times. He managed Cleveland for six years from 1951-1956, piloting the Indians to the American League pennant and a record 111 victories in 1954. That snapped a string of five New York Yankee championships.
In 1957, Lopez moved to the White Sox and two years later, they won the AL pennant, snapping another Yankee streak of four Yankee titles.
Lopez' teams won 1,414 games, 10th on the all-time list aand his .582 winning percentage is eighth best among all managers.