Remembering Eddie Lopat


I can’t let the day pass without paying tribute to one of the best Yankee southpaws of all-time: Eddie Lopat, who was born 97 years ago today.  The Yankees stole Eddie in a 1948 trade from the White Sox and he went on to pitch for some of the greatest teams in Yankee history.  During his eight years as a Yankee, Eddie went 113-59, with a 3.19 ERA.  The Yankees won five consecutive World Championships with Eddie on a pitching staff that included goliaths like Vic Raschi, Allie Reynolds, Johnny Sain, Tommy Byrne, and a rookie named Whitey Ford.  I met Eddie at a couple of Old Timer’s Day games over the years, before he passed in 1992.  RIP, Steady Eddie, a true legend of the Yankees’ “Eddie Lopat Era.”

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