Arthur Joseph Lopatka
Born: May 28, 1919 in Chicago, IL
Died: March 10, 2007 in Elk Grove Village, IL
Debut: 1945 | Pos: P
H: 5'10" | W: 170 | B: B | T: L
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Art Lopatka, a pitcher who appeared in eight games in the major leagues, died on March 10, 2007 in Elk Grove Village, IL. He died of congestive heart failure, according to his obituary. He was 87.
His career numbers include a 1-1 record and 6.35 ERA in 17 innings pitched. He recorded nine strikeouts.
According to an article which appeared in the Sun Times following his death, Lopatka's career was cut short on in April 1946 when Del Ennis hit a pitch back up the middle and struck Lopatka in the hand. The injury came during batting practice.
He was released from the Phillies in February 1948 and, according to published reports, he sued the team for $250,000 in August 1948 claiming that he had not received proper medical treatment for his injury. The lawsuit was settled out of court.
In 1949, he went to work for the Chicago Hornets of the All-American Football Conference as general manager. When the league merged with the NFL the next year, the Chicago franchise was one of the teams that was not picked up.
Following that he worked in sales management.
He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1942 and played for Decatur, Lynchburg and Columbus in the minor leagues. In 1945, he was selected off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies.