June 21, 2013 |
Stan "Stash" Lopata, 87, the popular Phillies catcher whose distinctive batting crouch was imitated by young Philadelphians in the 1950s, died Saturday of heart disease at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A two-time all-star (1955, 1956), Mr. Lopata still holds the Phillies' season records for catchers in triples (seven) and home runs (32). He hit 116 home runs in 822 games with the Phillies between 1949 and 1958. His most productive season came in 1956, when he batted .267 with 32 homers, 33 doubles, and 95 RBIs.
June 19, 2013 |
WHEN A BASEBALL legend like Rogers Hornsby gave a hitter advice, he'd be wise to take it. Stan Lopata, something of a legend himself as a Phillies catcher in the '50s, was having problems at the plate in 1954 when he and outfielder Johnny Wyrostek ran into Hornsby during a road trip. Referring to Lopata, Wyrostek asked Hornsby, "What do you think about this kid?" The Hall of Fame infielder (.358 career batting average, 2,930 hits), said that he had seen Lopata on TV and that he missed the ball too many times.
March 31, 2013 |
Fans got into the action at Citizens Bank Park Saturday afternoon for the Phillies' last exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays before the regular season begins Monday. In the stands and in the tailgating lots outside Lincoln Financial Field, buoyed by the sunny weather and the promise of a new season, fans said they were optimistic about the season to come. "I'm kind of upbeat -- I really am," said Doug Henningar, 56, of Northeast Philadelphia, who was at the game with his nephew Gary.
December 27, 2010
IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN a decade since Upper Darby has started a basketball season 6-0. The Royals were expected to be pretty good this season, but not this good, not this fast. Upper Darby was a very young team, learning a new motion offense, when it went 10-11 in 2009-10. Consequently, the Royals didn't qualify for the District 1 playoffs for the first time in a while. The Royals had five losses by three or fewer points. That's not been the case this year. In fact, the Royals might have been the most exciting team to watch in the first month of the season.
May 7, 2010
This season marks the 60th anniversary of the Whiz Kids' stunning National League pennant. With the death of Robin Roberts yesterday, six players - four of whom played in the 1950 World Series - and a coach are living. C, Stan Lopata, 84 OF, Jackie Mayo, 84 IF, Putsy Caballero, 82 LHP, Curt Simmons, 80 RHP, Bob Miller, 83 RHP, Paul Stuffel, 83 Coach, Maje McDonnell, 89 Simmons and Stuffel did not play in the World Series. Simmons was called into the military and replaced by Jocko Thompson in September.
October 28, 2009 |
The youthful 1950 Phillies were dubbed the "Whiz Kids. " According to Robin Roberts, the name was coined by longtime sports writer Harry Grayson. Grayson spent more than 30 years as the sports editor of the Newspaper Enterprise Association. He retired in 1964. Grayson died after a yearlong bout with cancer in 1968 at age 74. Manager Eddie Sawyer's team was led by centerfielder Richie Ashburn (23); rightfielder Del Ennis (24); third baseman Willie Jones (24); shortstop Granny Hamner (22)
October 27, 2008 |
Mark Avart, Mark Fishman and Eddie Fishman were proud double-dippers - fans taking in both the Eagles' game against the Atlanta Falcons and the Phillies' World Series game yesterday, a rare moment. "It's one of the greatest weekends in Philadelphia sports," said Mark's wife, Abbe Avart, 54, of Bryn Mawr. "It's heaven. " For a city of long-suffering fans, this weekend was a long time coming. Judging from the scenes in the parking lots and stadiums all around the South Philadelphia sports complex, the die-hards in Eagles jerseys and Phillies caps were going to savor every moment.
January 4, 2008 |
There were moments last night when Ridley High coach Keith Heinerichs' face was about to turn as green as the uniforms his team was wearing. The Green Raiders were uncharacteristically sloppy on offense, and Heinerichs watched as two big leads were whittled down. But if there is one thing that could carry Ridley to a Central League championship this season, it's defense. When the Green Raiders needed a stop, they got it, helping them to a 48-39 victory over a young and feisty Upper Darby team.
November 30, 2007 |
SPOTLIGHT Lower Merion counting on duo Not long ago, folks marveled over Greg Robbins and Carl Johnson's potential. This season, Lower Merion coach Gregg Downer hopes fans - and opponents - will be astonished by their improvement. Robbins and Johnson are keys to what the Aces expect to be a very successful campaign. Robbins, a 6-foot-5 junior swingman, is regarded as one of the state's top players. He averaged 14 points last season en route to all-Southeastern Pennsylvania second-team honors by The Inquirer.
January 20, 2007 |
SEEING THE FLIP of a notebook in front of him, Damone Armstead snapped shut his flip phone with a fast, "Gotta go, baby. I'll call you back. " The girlfriend had to wait. There's business to be done, and there isn't much time to do it. "I've got to make it," said Armstead, a first-year starter at Upper Darby. "My father and uncle played sports, but they didn't make it. I'm the last one. Hopefully, I can get into college and play. That's just what I have to do. " Although he was a bit of a latecomer to this game of making a name for himself on the court, Armstead has made steady progress this senior season, while adding stability to the Royals' run-and-risk attack.