Stan Lopata, a graduate of Detroit’s Southwestern High School in 1943 and former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star catcher, died of heart complications Saturday at University of Pennsylvania Hospital.
He was 87 years old.
Lopata was known as “Babe” while attending Southwestern High before entering the Army during World War II. He then joined the Phillies organization in 1946.
Lopata hit .257 with 116 home runs and 394 RBIs in 822 games with the Phillies, joining the All-Star team in the National League in 1955 and 1956. He holds single-season team records in triples (7, 1956) and home runs (32, 1956) for catchers.
Lopata was part of the Phillies’ 1950 Whiz Kids, which also included Curt Simmons, Bob Miller, Putsy Caballero and Jack Mayo. They lost the World Series that year against the New York Yankees.