Eddie Lopat

Eddie Lopat, born June 21st, 1918 in New York, NY , was a major league baseball player and manager who resided in Little Rock, AR during the 1940s. Lopat was a very successful starter for the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees from 1944-1955. During that time, he posted a win-loss record of 166-112, a career 3.21 ERA, and won 5 World Series with the Yankees (1). Following his pitching career, Lopat managed the Kansas City Athletics from 1963-1964.

Before reaching the majors, Lopat pitched for the Little Rock Travelers from 1942-1943, compiling a combined 25-14 with a 2.96 ERA. Lopat and and his wife Libby loved Little Rock and resided there during the offseason(2). During Lopat's time in Little Rock, he went into business with catcher Bill Dickey, selling automobile seats (3).

Lopat died June 15th, 1992 in Darien, CT.

1) http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lopated01.shtml
2) Reynolds, Raschi and Lopat: New York's Big Three and the Great Yankee Dynasty of 1949-1953, by Sol Gittleman
3) Baseball Digest, November, 1949

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