Eddie Lopat

Edmund Walter Lopat (originally Lopatynski) (June 21, 1918 – June 15, 1992) was a Major League Baseball pitcher, coach, manager, front office executive, and scout. He was sometimes known as "The Junk Man", but better known as "Steady Eddie", a nickname later given to Eddie Murray. He was born in New York City.

Eddie Lopat
Eddie Lopat 1963
Lopat in 1963 as manager of the Kansas City Athletics.
Pitcher / Manager
Born: June 21, 1918
New York City, New York
Died: June 15, 1992 (aged 73)
Darien, Connecticut
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 30, 1944, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1955, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record166–112
Earned run average3.21
Managerial record90–124
Winning %.421
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Playing career

A left-hander, Lopat made his Major League pitching debut on April 30, 1944, playing for the Chicago White Sox. He was traded to the New York Yankees on February 24, 1948 for Aaron Robinson, Bill Wight, and Fred Bradley. From 1948 to 1953 he was the third of the "Big Three" of the Yankees' pitching staff, together with Allie Reynolds and Vic Raschi. He pitched in the All-Star Game in 1951 for the American League. In 1953 he led the AL in both earned-run average and won/lost percentage.

On July 30, 1955, Lopat was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Jim McDonald and cash, finishing out the season and retiring. Over his 12-year AL career, Lopat won 166 games, losing 112 (.597) with an ERA of 3.21. He was also adept with the bat, compiling a .211 batting average with 5 home runs and 77 RBI in his career.

Coaching career

Lopat managed the Triple-A Richmond Virginians for the Yankees from 1956–58, then became a roving pitching coach in the Bombers' farm system in 1959. In 1960, he served one season the Yankees' MLB pitching coach during Casey Stengel's final campaign as the club's manager. That year produced an American League pennant for the Yankees, but a defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. Lopat was not rehired by Stengel's successor, Ralph Houk, but he stayed in the league as pitching coach of the Minnesota Twins in 1961 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1962.

In 1963 Lopat was tapped to manage the Athletics and continued in this role until June 11, 1964.[1] His 1963 squad finished in eighth place, registering one more victory than it had in 1962. But his 1964 A's were playing only .327 baseball at 17–35 when he was replaced by Mel McGaha. His final Major League managerial record was 90–124 (.421).

Lopat remained with the Athletics as a senior front office aide to team owner Charlie Finley until the club moved to Oakland after the 1967 season. He then scouted for the Montreal Expos during their early years in Major League Baseball.

Later life

In 1978, Eddie Lopat was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame [2] He died at his son's home in Darien, Connecticut, on June 15, 1992.[3] Lopat pitched for five victorious Yankees teams in the World Series during his career, in 1949–53.


  1. ^ McGaha in, Lopat out
  2. ^ Eddie Lopat at Polish-American National Sports Hall of Fame Archived 2013-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Yanks' pitching great Eddie Lopat dies at 73

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Luke Appling
Richmond Virginians manager
Succeeded by
Steve Souchock
Preceded by
Jim Turner
New York Yankees pitching coach
Succeeded by
Johnny Sain
Preceded by
Bob Swift
(Washington Senators)
Minnesota Twins pitching coach
Succeeded by
Gordon Maltzberger
Preceded by
Ted Wilks
Kansas City Athletics pitching coach
Succeeded by
Tom Ferrick
1944 Chicago White Sox season

The 1944 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 44th season in the major leagues, and their 45th season overall. They finished with a record 71–83, good enough for 7th place in the American League, 18 games behind the first place St. Louis Browns.

1945 Chicago White Sox season

The 1945 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 45th season in the major leagues, and their 46th season overall. They finished with a record 71–78, good enough for 6th place in the American League, 15 games behind the 1st place Detroit Tigers.

1946 Chicago White Sox season

The 1946 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 46th season in the major leagues, and their 47th season overall. They finished with a record 74–80, good enough for 5th place in the American League, 30 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox.

1947 Chicago White Sox season

The 1947 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 47th season in the major leagues, and their 48th season overall. They finished with a record 70–84, good enough for 6th place in the American League, 27 games behind the first place New York Yankees.

1948 New York Yankees season

The 1948 New York Yankees season was the team's 46th season in New York and its 48th overall. The team finished with a record of 94–60, finishing 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians and 1.5 games behind the second-place Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Bucky Harris. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.

The fractional games-behind came about due to the frenzied pennant race, which saw the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians all battling it out to the end. The Yankees fell just a little short, and the Red Sox and Indians finished in a tie for first at 96–58. They held a one-game playoff, which counted as part of the regular season, so the Indians' victory raised their record to 97–58, and dropped the Red Sox to 96–59.

The Yankees did not renew Bucky Harris' contract after the season, opting instead to hire Casey Stengel starting in 1949. This move raised some eyebrows, but Stengel had just led the Oakland Oaks to the Pacific Coast League pennant in 1948, demonstrating that with good talent, he had a good chance to succeed. The Yankees were about to begin the most dominating stretch of their long dynasty.

1949 World Series

The 1949 World Series featured the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in five games for their second defeat of the Dodgers in three years, and the twelfth championship in team history. This victory would start a record run of five consecutive World Series championships by the Yankees, and was also the first of 14 AL pennants in 16 years (1949–1964 except for 1954 and 1959) for the Yankees.

Both teams finished the regular season with exactly the same records and winning their respective leagues by exactly one game.

1951 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1951 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 18th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 1951, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Michigan the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 8–3.

1951 World Series

The 1951 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the New York Giants, who had won the National League pennant in a thrilling three-game playoff with the Brooklyn Dodgers on the legendary home run by Bobby Thomson (the Shot Heard 'Round the World).

In the Series, the Yankees showed some power of their own, including Gil McDougald's grand slam home run in Game 5, at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees won the Series in six games, for their third straight title and 14th overall. This would be the last World Series for Joe DiMaggio, who retired afterward, and the first for rookies Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

This was the last Subway Series the Giants played in. Both teams would meet again eleven years later after the Giants relocated to San Francisco. They have not played a World Series against each other since. This was the first World Series announced by Bob Sheppard, who was in his first year as Yankee Stadium's public address announcer. It was also the first World Series to be televised nationwide, as coaxial cable had recently linked both coasts.

1953 Major League Baseball season

The 1953 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 13 to October 12, 1953. It marked the first relocation of an MLB franchise in fifty years, as the Boston Braves moved their NL franchise to Milwaukee, where they would play their home games at the new County Stadium.

The New York Yankees won their fifth consecutive World Series championship. A MLB record, as of 2019.

1953 World Series

The 1953 World Series matched the 4-time defending champions New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers in a rematch of the 1952 Series, and the 4th such matchup between the two teams in the past seven seasons. The Yankees won in 6 games for their 5th consecutive title—a mark which has not been equalled—and their 16th overall. Billy Martin recorded his 12th hit of the Series scoring Hank Bauer in Game 6.

1954 New York Yankees season

The 1954 New York Yankees season was the team's 52nd season in New York, and its 54th overall. The team finished in second place in the American League with a record of 103–51, finishing 8 games behind the Cleveland Indians, who broke the Yankees' 1927 AL record by winning 111 games. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.

Bill Stewart (baseball)

William Wayne Stewart (April 12, 1928 – September 25, 2013) was an American professional baseball player. The outfielder appeared in 11 Major League games played for the Kansas City Athletics in 1955. A native of Bay City, Michigan, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).

Stewart attended Michigan State University, where he played baseball. He signed with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1949 and his professional baseball career lasted for nine seasons and 971 games, all but 51 of them in the Athletics' organization. In his 1955 big-league trial, Stewart began the season (the A's first in Kansas City) on the varsity, and went hitless in three at bats during April. Sent to the Triple-A Columbus Jets, Stewart hit .299 with 12 home runs in 92 games. He was recalled by Kansas City when the rosters expanded in September, and played in eight more games, three as a starting outfielder.

On September 11, 1955, in the second game of a doubleheader, Stewart started in right field and collected his only two MLB hits, a single and a double off veteran left-hander Eddie Lopat of the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore won, 4–2, with Lopat recording the penultimate victory of his pitching career.

Bob Harrison (baseball)

Robert Lee Harrison (born September 22, 1930, at St. Louis, Missouri) is a retired American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who had two one-game end-of-season trials in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles in 1955 and 1956. He batted left-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 178 pounds (81 kg).

In 1955, after a 14–12 win–loss record in the Class A Western League, Harrison was called to Baltimore when the rosters expanded in September. He relieved starting pitcher Eddie Lopat in the fifth inning of the second game of a twinight doubleheader on September 23 at Griffith Stadium against the Washington Senators. Harrison hurled two innings and surrendered four bases on balls, two hits and two earned runs in a 7–3 Oriole defeat.The following season, Harrison won 10 games and lost 12 in a year split between the Double-A Texas League and the Open-Classification Pacific Coast League. Recalled by the Orioles again, he started on September 26, 1956, at Memorial Stadium against the eventual world champion New York Yankees. He lasted only 1⅔ innings, giving up three earned runs, three hits and five walks. However, Harrison was not charged with the 11–6 Baltimore defeat, as Hal Brown, who relieved him in the second inning, gave up the winning run.Altogether Harrison appeared in two MLB games, pitched in 3⅔ innings, and gave up five earned runs, six hits, and five bases on balls. He did not record a strikeout. His eight-year pro career concluded after the 1958 season.

Carlos Moore

Carlos Whitman Moore (August 13, 1906 – July 2, 1958) is a former Major League Baseball player. A right-handed pitcher, Moore had a listed weight of 180 pounds.

Moore's playing career in the majors spanned one month. He made his major league debut with the Washington Senators on May 4, 1930, and pitched his final game with them on May 30. He was effective in his four games on the mound, posting a 2.31 ERA in 11​2⁄3 of relief work and allowing only 13 baserunners.

After the end of Moore's playing career, he worked as a manager in the minor leagues. While working in this capacity for the Jeanerette Blues of the Evangeline League, Moore noted the strong throwing arm of his team's weak-hitting first baseman Eddie Lopat, and he suggested that Lopat might want to consider a career as a pitcher. Lopat subsequently developed into an All-Star, winning 166 major league games and earning five World Series rings in the starting rotation of the New York Yankees.

Fred Bradley

Fred Langdon Bradley (July 31, 1920 – April 24, 2012) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played in 1948 and 1949 for the Chicago White Sox. Listed at 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 180 lb., he batted and threw right-handed. Bradley was one of many baseball players whose career was interrupted during World War II.

Bradley was signed by the New York Yankees in 1940 and immediately was assigned to their minor league system. In 1941 and 1942, he averaged 15 wins per season before joining the U.S. Navy in 1943.Following his military discharge, Bradley pitched in the Yankees' AAA system during 1946 and 1947. In 1948 he was dealt by New York, along Aaron Robinson and Bill Wight, to the White Sox in exchange for Eddie Lopat.In 1948 Bradley posted a 4.60 earned run average in eight relief appearances for the White Sox and did not have a decision. He opened 1949 in the minor leagues and made one start with Chicago in May, after which he returned to the minors for two more seasons.

Bradley went 0–0 with a 5.60 ERA in nine games, allowing eleven earned runs on 15 hits and seven walks while striking out two in 17⅔ innings of work. In a six-year minor league career, he went 61–52 with a 3.63 ERA in 172 games.

Kilgore Rangers

The Kilgore Rangers were a minor league baseball team that played in the East Texas League from 1937 to 1938. It was based in Kilgore, Texas and replaced the Kilgore Braves.

Pitcher Eddie Lopat, who won 166 games in a 12-year major league career, and Dave Short, who played in the major leagues briefly in the early 1940s, played for the team in 1938.

Les Willis

Lester Evans Willis (January 17, 1908 – January 22, 1982) was an American professional baseball player, a left-handed pitcher who spent 12 seasons (1932–1942; 1946) in minor league baseball before seeing his only Major League service as a 39-year-old rookie for the 1947 Cleveland Indians. The native of Nacogdoches, Texas, stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg).

Willis was selected by Cleveland in the 1946 Rule 5 draft after he won 18 of 25 decisions with a sparkling 2.37 earned run average for the Memphis Chickasaws of the Double-A Southern Association. He worked in 22 games for the 1947 Indians. His eleventh and twelfth appearances were his only starting assignments. On July 6, in the first game of a doubleheader, he worked six innings against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. He gave up eight hits and three runs, but only one was earned. Chicago prevailed 3–2 behind Eddie Lopat, with Willis taking the loss. Then, on July 12, in the second game of a twin bill, Willis lasted 4⅔ innings in a home start against the Philadelphia Athletics and was not as effective, again surrendering eight hits but yielding four runs, all earned. Willis left the game tied 4–4, although his reliever, Ed Klieman, picked up the Cleveland win with 4⅓ innings of scoreless pitching.In his 22 MLB games, Willis would allow 58 hits and 24 bases on balls in 44 total innings pitched. He had ten total strikeouts, but collected no saves among his 20 relief appearances. In the minors, he won 142 games, and had three straight 20-victory seasons (1935–1937) in Class C ball.

Marshall Tigers

The Marshall Tigers were an East Texas League (1936-1940), Cotton States League (1941) and Lone Star League (1948) baseball team based in Marshall, Texas. They were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in 1937. Multiple major leaguers, including Eddie Lopat, played for the team.

Vic Raschi

Victor John Angelo Raschi (March 28, 1919 – October 14, 1988) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He was one of the top pitchers for the New York Yankees in the late 1940s and early 1950s, forming (with Allie Reynolds and Eddie Lopat) the "Big Three" of the Yankees' pitching staff. He was nicknamed "The Springfield Rifle".

Later in his career, as a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was responsible for allowing Hank Aaron's first career home run.

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