STAN LOPATA used this bat in a June 1955 series between his Phillies and the Cardinals. He belted one of his 22 1955 circuit clouts in a 9-6 win in the first game of the series.
A MEMBER of the 1955
National League all-star
team, Lopata batted .271 in '55 with
58 RBIs and demonstrated his versatility
and value to the team by splitting time behind the plate
and at first base. Stan had the best
season of his career the following
year, hitting 32 homers and knocking in 95 runs in 1956.
Lopata a member of the 1950 pennant-winning "Whiz Kids"
Was first National League catcher to wear glasses
STAN LOPATA assumed a deep crouch at the plate at the urging of Rogers Hornsby and then hit .290 with 14 home runs in 1954; and belted 22, 32, and 18 HRs the next three seasons.
Stan "Stash" Lopata played with the Phillies for 11 seasons, 1948-58, and was a member of the 1950 pennant winning "Whiz Kids."
He was an excellent defensive catcher and selected to the National League all-star team in 1955 and 1956.
Lopata began his Major League baseball career on September 19, 1948, with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lopata played for 13 seasons for
the Phillies and Braves, and ended
his big league playing career in
A decorated World War II veteran, and the first National League
catcher to wear glasses, Lopata didn't see much action behind Andy
Seminick and Smoky Burgess
until he assumed a deep crouch at the plate at the urging of Rogers
Hornsby. He then hit .290 with 14 home runs in 1954; and belted
22, 32, and 18 home runs the next three seasons.
Lopata’s 1955 season was solid: 22 homers, 58 RBI, and a .271 average. But in 1956 he had a career year with 32 homers and 95 RBI.
His power production took him past the
previous Phillie catcher home run record of 30 and his 95 RBI
tied him with outfielder Del Ennis
for the team lead.
STAN LOPATA was an excellent defensive catcher.
When Brave backstop Del Crandall
was injured Stan was named to replace him on the 1956 National League
roster for the game at Griffith Stadium in D.C.
STAN LOPATA: Did you know...
...Lopata received a lavish $20,000 bonus from the Phillies in 1946.
...Lopata was behind the plate and put the tag on Brooklyn's Cal
Abrams in the crucial play that decided the 1950 pennant.
...Lopata was traded in March 1959 by the Philadelphia Phillies with Ted Kazanski and Eddie O'Brien to the Milwaukee Braves for Gene Conley, Joe Koppe and Harry Hanebrink.
...Lopata accumulated over 116 homers and 397 RBI in just 853 games.
..."Big Stash" was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
...Lopata was born September 12, 1925 in Delray, Michigan.
ON MARCH 31, 1959, in a trade that helped neither
team, Milwaukee swapped pitcher Gene Conley, and infielders Joe
Koppe and Harry Hanebrink to the Phillies for Lopata, short stop
Ted Kazanski and Johnny O'Brien. New Phillie Conley posted a record
of 12–7 before going on the disabled list from August 20th
to the close of the season. Stan played only sparingly in 1959 and
retired during the 1960 season.
THIRTY HOME RUNS tied the Phils team record for
homers by a catcher and his 95 RBIs in 1955 tied him with
outfielder Del Ennis for the team lead.