Leppert in 1964
|Born: October 19, 1931|
|June 18, 1961, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 16, 1964, for the Washington Senators|
|Runs batted in||59|
|Career highlights and awards|
A catcher, he appeared in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1961 to 1964 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Senators. Leppert threw and batted right-handed; he stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 220 pounds (100 kg). He was born in Indianapolis and began his 12-year active career in 1955 in the Milwaukee Braves' organization.
During an MLB career of only 3½ years, Leppert nonetheless distinguished himself by hitting a home run on the first pitch thrown to him in the majors. On June 18, 1961, Leppert connected in the second inning of his MLB debut against Curt Simmons of the St. Louis Cardinals; the blow gave the Pirates a 2–1 lead in a game they would eventually win, 5–3.
Almost two years later, on April 11, 1963, he hit three homers in his third game in the American League; a solo shot off Ike Delock in the fourth inning, followed by a three-run blast and another solo homer, both off relief pitcher Chet Nichols, as the Senators beat the Boston Red Sox, 8–0, at DC Stadium. To top it all off, Leppert caught Tom Cheney's one-hit shutout, with the Washington pitcher striking out ten Red Sox.
In 190 Major League games, Leppert collected 122 hits and 15 home runs.
After his playing career ended in the minors in 1966, Leppert managed in Class A in the Pittsburgh organization in 1967.
Leppert also umpired a game on August 25, 1978, in Toronto during an umpires' strike. The Blue Jays' Leppert and the late Jerry Zimmerman, then the bullpen coach of the Twins, are the last two active coaches to umpire a Major League game.