A decorated WWII veteran and the first NL catcher to wear glasses, Lopata didn't
see much action behind Andy Seminick
and Smokey Burgess until he assumed a deep crouch
at the plate at the urging of Rogers Hornsby
. He then hit .290 with 14 home runs
in 1954 and belted 22, 32, and 18 HR the next three seasons before a dwindling batting
him back on the bench.