Stan Lopata Stats

Stan Lopata was born on Saturday, September 12, 1925, in Delray, Michigan. Lopata was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 19, 1948, with the Philadelphia Phillies. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Stan Lopata baseball stats page.

"Stan Lopata was a good, big catcher with the Phillies, who hit out of a peculiar crouching stance that presented a very difficult target for a pitcher because it effectively reduced the strike zone. As much as pitchers complained to umpires about Stans stance being illegal, however, the stance didn't do Stan that much good, except maybe in 1956 when he hit 32 homers and 33 doubles." - Author Fred C. Harris in The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading, and Bubble Gum Book (Mariner Books, 04/08/1991)
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Stan "Stash" Lopata Autograph on a 1986 Bowman Reprint (#76)

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Birth Name:
Stanley Edward Lopata
Nickname:
Babe, Stan or Stash
Born On:
09-12-1925  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Delray, Michigan
Year of Death Data Died On:
06-15-2013 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Southwestern High School (Detroit, MI)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
210
First Game:
09-19-1948 (Age 23)
Last Game:
06-12-1960
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $20,000
Stan Lopata

Stan Lopata Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Stan Lopata

Stan Lopata Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1948 23 Phillies 6 15 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 - 4 0 - 0 0 .133 .133 .200
1949 24 Phillies 83 240 31 65 9 2 8 0 27 21 - 44 0 - 0 7 .271 .330 .425
1950 25 Phillies 58 129 10 27 2 2 1 0 11 22 - 25 0 - 0 4 .209 .325 .279
1951 26 Phillies 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1952 27 Phillies 57 179 25 49 9 1 4 0 27 36 - 33 2 - 0 5 .274 .395 .402
1953 28 Phillies 81 234 34 56 12 3 8 0 31 28 - 39 4 - 0 0 .239 .321 .419
1954 29 Phillies 86 259 42 75 14 5 14 0 42 33 - 37 2 2 1 9 .290 .369 .544
1955 30 Phillies 99 303 49 82 9 3 22 1 58 58 6 62 0 3 2 11 .271 .388 .538
1956 31 Phillies 146 535 96 143 33 7 32 0 95 75 10 93 4 9 1 17 .267 .353 .535
1957 32 Phillies 116 388 50 92 18 2 18 0 67 56 7 81 0 5 1 10 .237 .331 .433
1958 33 Phillies 86 258 36 64 9 0 9 0 33 60 9 63 0 2 2 15 .248 .391 .388
1959 34 Braves 25 48 0 5 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 13 0 0 0 1 .104 .157 .104
1960 35 Braves 7 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 .125 .222 .125
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
13 Years 853 2,601 375 661 116 25 116 1 397 393 32 497 12 21 7 79 .254 .351 .452
Stan Lopata

Stan Lopata Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1948 Phillies C 4 3 90 18 4.5 18 17 1 0 1 0 3 1 1.000 5.40
1949 Phillies C 58 55 1,512 262 4.5 255 236 19 7 2 5 29 8 .973 4.55
1950 Phillies C 51 31 978 194 3.8 189 176 13 5 3 1 10 5 .974 5.22
1951 Phillies C 1 1 27 6 6.0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 6.00
1952 Phillies C 55 52 1,403 299 5.4 295 274 21 4 6 1 20 7 .987 5.68
1953 Phillies C 80 71 1,850 376 4.7 371 344 27 5 2 4 18 7 .987 5.41
1954 Phillies 1B 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1954 Phillies C 75 66 1,799 366 4.9 362 336 26 4 1 4 13 9 .989 5.43
1955 Phillies 1B 24 25 522 162 6.8 161 148 13 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .994 8.33
1955 Phillies C 66 60 1,650 371 5.6 369 332 37 2 9 9 16 15 .995 6.04
1956 Phillies 1B 39 38 975 321 8.2 316 300 16 5 31 n/a n/a n/a .984 8.75
1956 Phillies C 102 102 2,730 608 6.0 597 573 24 11 10 1 4 0 .982 5.90
1957 Phillies C 108 104 2,713 678 6.3 670 634 36 8 9 8 53 18 .988 6.67
1958 Phillies C 80 75 1,972 452 5.7 446 418 28 6 6 11 25 10 .987 6.11
1959 Braves 1B 2 2 54 6 3.0 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1959 Braves C 11 7 196 43 3.9 43 43 0 0 1 1 6 0 1.000 5.92
1960 Braves C 4 2 48 18 4.5 17 17 0 1 0 1 0 0 .944 9.56
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
C Totals 695 629 16,968 3,691 5.3 3,638 3,406 232 53 50 46 197 80 .986 5.79
1B Totals 66 65 1,554 490 7.4 484 454 30 6 38 n/a n/a n/a .988 8.41
13 Years 761 694 18,522 4,181 5.5 4,122 3,860 262 59 88 46 197 80 .986 6.01
Stan Lopata

Stan Lopata Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1948 Phillies 0 - - 2 0 n/a 0.0 3.8 7.5 - - -
1949 Phillies 1 - - 25 0 n/a 30.0 5.5 8.9 - - -
1950 Phillies 1 - - 8 0 n/a 129.0 5.2 11.7 - - -
1951 Phillies 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1952 Phillies 1 1 .500 4 0 n/a 44.8 5.4 6.6 - - -
1953 Phillies 3 1 .750 1 0 n/a 29.3 6.0 7.5 - - -
1954 Phillies 1 3 .250 12 2 n/a 18.5 7.0 6.2 - - -
1955 Phillies 4 1 .800 12 0 n/a 13.8 4.9 5.2 - - -
1956 Phillies 5 2 .714 7 0 n/a 16.7 5.8 5.6 - - -
1957 Phillies 2 2 .500 11 0 n/a 21.6 4.8 5.8 - - -
1958 Phillies 0 1 .000 8 0 n/a 28.7 4.1 7.8 - - -
1959 Braves 0 0 .000 14 0 n/a 0.0 3.7 12.0 - - -
1960 Braves 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 0.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
13 Years 18 11 .621 109 2 n/a 22.4 5.2 6.6 - - -
Stan Lopata

Stan Lopata Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1948 Philadelphia Phillies 41 Undetermined - -
1949 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1950 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - Stats
1951 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1952 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1953 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1954 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1955 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined Stats -
1956 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined Stats -
1957 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1958 Philadelphia Phillies 29 Undetermined - -
1959 Milwaukee Braves 6 Undetermined - -
1960 Milwaukee Braves 15 Undetermined - -


Did you know that Stan Lopata was the first Major League player to wear tinted glasses on the field and the first National League catcher to wear any type glasses behind his mask?

He gave his body for the Phillies

Dave Pietrusza

Oldtyme Baseball News

Roy Campanella won three National League MVP awards in the 1950s. But in mid-decade Philadelphia’s Stan Lopata showed the future Hall of Famer he wasn’t the only power-hitting backstop in the circuit.

Stanley Edward Lopata began his baseball career on the sandlots of Detroit. After starring in baseball and basketball at Southwestern High, he also played in the tough American Legion league. He was such a top prospect the Phillies lavished a $20,000 bonus on him in 1946.

The Phils first assigned Lopata to the Terre Haute Phillies of the old Class B Three-I League. There in 1947 Lopata hit a respectable .292 while collecting the surprising total of 11 triples. The next spring saw Phils manager Ben Chapman pondering whether he should promote Lopata all the way to the majors. But instead Philadelphia assigned Lopata to the Class A Eastern League’s Utica Blue Sox, where he batted .325, improved his triple count to 13 and was named Eastern League MVP.

After he hit .285 for the International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs (in one game he drove in eight runs), scouts labeled Lopata a “can’t miss” prospect.

Lopata was never able to dislodge Andy Seminick as the Phils number one catcher but he was behind the plate and put the tag on Cal Abrams in the crucial play that decided the 1950 pennant. “As soon as I got 20 feet past third,” recalled Abrams , “I saw Lopata with the ball in the glove 10 feet up from home plate and there is no way in the world I can get by him. He’s 250 [sic] pounds. So the only thing I could do was run into him. But unfortunately he held on to the ball. I never reached home at all.

By 1951 the frustrated Phillies optioned “Big Stash” to Baltimore in the International League. Even there he struggled, batting just .196 in 38 games.

Lopata returned to the big leagues in 1952 but still failed to impress. By 1953 he had been in the majors for parts of six seasons and his season-high for homers was just eight.

In 1954, however, Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby provided Lopata a badly-needed tip: try a batting stance, get into a crouch and get a better look at each pitch. Stan batted .290 with 14 homers in 1954. In 1955 he was named to the National League All-Star team, replacing the injured Campanella . His 1955 season was solid: 22 homers, 58 RBIs, and a .271 average.

But no one could have anticipated what Stan accomplished in 1956: 32 homers and 95 RBIs. Thirty home runs tied the Phils team record for homers by a catcher; his 95 RBIs tied him with outfielder Del Ennis for the team lead in that regard. Once again he was named to the NL All-Star team, as Walter Alston designated him as a replacement for injured Milwaukee backstop Del Crandall . Another highlight for Lopata that year came when he hit a two-run homer on August 11 to shatter Don Newcombe’s streak of 39 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.

A series of injuries, however, made 1956 Lopata’s career year. He would never again approach 32 homers. In spring training of 1957 he was hit on the right hand by a foul ball. In May he suffered a charley horse. In June he injured his throwing shoulder. When he returned to the lineup he strained ligaments in his right knee. Still he kept coming back into the lineup. “He’s a team man,” remarked Phils manager Mayo Smith , “He wants to play even though he knows that as long as he does the knee will probably bother him all season long.

He’s a real courageous guy in my book,” praised Phillies trainer Frank Wiechec, “For a while the pain in his knee was so severe that he couldn’t sleep at night. His insistence on playing contributed to other things. Favoring his right knee, his left leg became sore, his hips got out of line and his back got tight, but he spends hours with me before and after every game and he’d even catch double-headers if Smith asked him to.

Even with all these injuries Lopata still hit 18 homers and 67 RBIs, but his average dropped to .237. In 1957 he suffered a more serious injury. On July 11, caught in a rundown between third and home he twisted his right knee. In the off-season he underwent surgery at Temple Hospital and then a five-day-a-week rehabilitation regimen at Connie Mack Stadium. Yet there was no repairing the damage. In 1958 Lopata played in just 86 games and struggled to hit nine homers.

On March 31, 1959 Lopata left the Phillies, being traded to the Milwaukee Braves with shortstop Ted Kazanski and pitcher Johnny O’Brien for pitcher Gene Conley , infielder Joe Koppe , and infielder Harry Hanebrink . Lopata saw little service behind Del Crandall . In 1960 the Braves optioned him to Louisville (where in 55 games he hit .246 with 12 homers). They recalled him that September but released him a month later.

But when his career was over, Stan Lopata had accumulated over 116 homers and 397 RBIs in just 853 games. “Big Stash” was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Lopata made his home in the Philadelphia area and worked for a concrete company. He retired as vice president of sales and now lives in Mesa, Arizona. “I’ve taken up wood-carving, making Kachina dolls and playing a lot of golf,” he explained.

Source: National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. ( link ).

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