Place of Birth:
September 12, 1925 Delray, Michigan
Baseball Experience: Major League
Military Unit: 14th Armored Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
E “Stan” Lopata was born on September 12, 1925 in
Eager for a career in professional
baseball, the young catcher signed with Philadelphia Phillies in
1946 and batted .292 with
Lopata remained with the Phillies – primarily as a back-up catcher through 1958. His best season was 1956, when he played a career-high 146 games and batted .267 with 32 home runs and 95 RBIs, and was selected to the National League All-Star team for the second time.
In March 1959 the Phillies traded Lopata
to the Milwaukee Braves where he played a further two seasons
before retiring. He later worked as a salesman and then vice
president for a concrete materials company in
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