Eddie Lopat was the junk pitcher of the 1940s and 1950s, serving as a key member of the Yankees when they won five consecutive World Series from 1949-1953. He featured a changeup, curveball, and a knuckleball to keep batters off balance. He frustrated hitters who licked their chops when they saw how soft Lopat was throwing, but he usually got the better of them.
“Lopat looks like he is throwing wads of tissue paper. Every time he wins a game, fans come down out of the stands asking for contracts,” manager Casey Stengel said.