Ted Lopat

Born May 16, 1929 in New York City. He began playing baseball throughout the Mideast in Virginia, Kentucky, and Georgia however he ended up at Ft. Lewis in 1951. In 1953 Ted became a professional umpire and he moved up the ranks through the Northwest League in 1956-57, the Eastern League in 1958-60, and the International League in 1961-62. Upon retirement from umpiring, he played slowpitch for the B & I Bullets from 1963-66. Ted's brother was Ed Lopat, famed pitcher for the New York Yankees. His umpiring equipment, complete with insect repellant and Bayer aspirin, is on display at the Shanaman Sports Museum at the Tacoma Dome.