Stan Lopata - 1951 Bowman

Stanley Edward Lopata (1925-2013) spent 13 seasons as a big league catcher with the Philadelphia Phillies (1948-1958) and the Milwaukee Braves (1959-1960). He also is credited with being the first National League catcher to wear eyeglasses. The Phillies signed Stan as an amateur free agent in 1946. While in the minors as a member of the Utica Blue Sox, he was named the Eastern League Most Valuable Player in 1947 after batting .325 with nine home runs and 13 triples in 115 games. Debuting with Philadelphia late in the 1948 season, he was tapped as a starting catcher in 1949, and that season batted .271 with 31 runs and 65 hits. Having had the misfortune of recording the Phillies’ final out during the 1950 World Series, his playing hardships continued in 1951, and he spent the majority of the season back in the minors. He was finally able to find his groove in 1955, batting .271 with 58 RBI and being selected for his first of two All-Star Games (1955, 1956). The next season, he hit a career-high 32 home runs with 143 hits and 95 RBI in 146 games. He also led all MLB catchers in slugging percentage (.535). (On August 11, Lopata ended Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe’s 39-2/3 scoreless innings streak with a two-run homer.) Injuries began to plague Lopata and affect his performance for the remainder of his Phillies career, and eventually he was traded to the Braves, where he ended his career. In 853 games, Lopata had a .254 batting average with 661 hits, 116 home runs, and 379 RBI.



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