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Full Name: Edmund Walter Lopat Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 5' 10"/185 First Game: April 30, 1944
Birthdate: June 21, 1918 Final Game: September 23, 1955
Birthplace: New York, New York MLB Experience: 12 years
Died: June 15, 1992
Deathplace: Darien, Connecticut
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Edmund Walter "Eddie" Lopat (originally Lopatynski) (June 21, 1918 - June 15, 1992) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Lopat was born in New York, New York. His first Major League game was on April 30, 1944, wearing number 48 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. He wore number 30 on the Yankees. From 1948 to 1954 he was the third of the "Big Three" of the Yankees' pitching staff, together with Allie Reynolds and Vic Raschi. Since Reynolds and Raschi were fastball pitchers, Lopat's slower "junk" pitches frustrated enemy batters. 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 he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Jim McDonald and cash, finishing out the season and retiring from Major League Baseball. On the Orioles his uniform number was 15. Over his stellar 12-year AL career, Lopat won 166 games, losing 112 (.597) with an ERA of 3.21.

Lopat managed at AAA Richmond for the Yankees in the late 1950s, and in 1960 served one season as the Yanks' pitching coach before holding the same post with 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. His major league managerial record was only 90-124 (.421). Lopat stayed on as a senior front office aide to tempestuous team owner Charlie Finley until the club moved to Oakland after the 1967 season.

He was sometimes known as "The Junk Man," but better-known as "Steady Eddie." He died in Darien, Connecticut. Eddie won 5 world series during his illustrious career.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1944 CHI A 27 25 11 10 3.26 75 96 76 13 1 0 210 217 12 59 0 2 2
1945 CHI A 26 24 10 13 4.11 74 101 91 17 1 1 199.1 226 8 56 0 3 6
1946 CHI A 29 29 13 13 2.73 89 80 70 20 2 0 231 216 18 48 0 1 1
1947 CHI A 31 31 16 13 2.81 109 88 79 22 3 0 252.2 241 17 73 0 0 2
1948 NY A 33 31 17 11 3.65 83 106 92 13 3 0 226.2 246 16 66 0 3 2
1949 NY A 31 30 15 10 3.26 70 93 78 14 4 1 215.1 222 19 69 0 4 5
1950 NY A 35 32 18 8 3.47 72 110 91 15 3 1 236.1 244 19 65 0 0 4
1951 NY A 31 31 21 9 2.91 93 86 76 20 4 0 234.2 209 12 71 0 0 3
1952 NY A 20 19 10 5 2.53 56 47 42 10 2 0 149.1 127 11 53 0 1 4
1953 NY A 25 24 16 4 2.42 50 58 48 9 3 0 178.1 169 13 32 0 1 4
1954 NY A 26 23 12 4 3.55 54 74 67 7 0 0 170 189 14 33 0 0 6
1955 NY A 16 12 4 8 3.74 24 45 36 3 1 0 86.2 101 12 16 3 0 1
1955 BAL A 10 7 3 4 4.22 10 24 23 1 0 0 49 57 8 9 2 1 3
1955 TOT A 26 19 7 12 3.91 34 69 59 4 1 0 135.2 158 20 25 5 1 4
Total 340 318 166 112 3.21 859 1008 869 164 27 3 2439.1 2464 179 650 5 16 43

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1944 CHI A P 27 0 0 9 44 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1945 CHI A P 26 0 0 15 32 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .959
1946 CHI A P 29 0 0 8 48 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1947 CHI A P 31 0 0 12 36 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .960
1948 NY A P 33 0 0 6 50 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .949
1949 NY A P 31 0 0 7 42 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 .961
1950 NY A P 35 0 0 10 47 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 .966
1951 NY A P 31 0 0 9 50 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .952
1952 NY A P 20 0 0 6 30 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1953 NY A P 25 0 0 8 38 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .958
1954 NY A P 26 0 0 3 28 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1955 NY A P 16 0 0 3 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .933
1955 BAL A P 10 0 0 4 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1955 TOT A P 26 0 0 7 23 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .968
Total P 340 0 0 100 468 19 30 0 0 0 0 0 .968

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1944 CHI A 30 81 8 25 0 6 .309 .349 .346 1 1 5 5 0 1 0 0 1
1945 CHI A 32 82 13 24 1 13 .293 .310 .378 4 0 2 9 0 1 0 0 3
1946 CHI A 30 87 10 22 0 10 .253 .316 .299 2 1 8 7 0 2 0 0 2
1947 CHI A 35 96 5 19 0 11 .198 .230 .229 3 0 4 6 0 4 0 0 2
1948 NY A 34 81 6 14 0 10 .173 .247 .173 0 0 8 6 0 4 0 0 6
1949 NY A 31 76 9 20 1 4 .263 .325 .408 8 0 7 8 0 1 0 0 4
1950 NY A 36 82 14 19 0 7 .232 .364 .329 2 3 17 9 0 5 0 0 0
1951 NY A 31 84 7 15 3 9 .179 .242 .298 1 0 7 10 0 4 0 0 5
1952 NY A 20 52 7 9 0 4 .173 .218 .212 2 0 3 5 0 2 0 0 2
1953 NY A 26 63 5 12 0 1 .190 .250 .238 3 0 5 13 0 5 0 0 2
1954 NY A 26 57 2 1 0 2 .018 .095 .018 0 0 5 6 0 4 0 0 1
1955 NY A 16 29 0 4 0 0 .138 .138 .138 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
1955 BAL A 10 17 1 3 0 0 .176 .263 .176 0 0 2 5 0 1 0 0 0
1955 TOT A 26 46 1 7 0 0 .152 .188 .152 0 0 2 8 0 1 0 0 2
Total 357 887 87 187 5 77 .211 .271 .268 26 5 73 92 0 34 0 0 30

Transactions

  • Traded by Chicago White Sox to New York Yankees in exchange for Bill Wight, Fred Bradley and Aaron Robinson (February 24, 1948).
  • Traded by New York Yankees to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Jim McDonald (July 30, 1955).
  • Released by Baltimore Orioles (October 10, 1955).

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