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Charley Lupica dies 53 years after famous stunt

Updated: January 6, 2003, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Charley Lupica, a Cleveland Indians fan who gained national attention by sitting on a flagpole platform for 117 days during the 1949 baseball season, died Dec. 24. He was 90.

Lupica, who stayed on his perch in an unsuccessful attempt to rally the Indians to a second straight American League pennant, died at the Lutheran Home in Westlake, Ohio, a few months after breaking both of his hips.

A grandson, Mario Izzo, said Lupica cherished memories of his stunt and frequently ...

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