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Andy Pafko, Outfielder for '45 Cubs World Series team dies

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Andy Pafko, former Cubs outfielder who played on the 1945 World Series team, died Tuesday in a nursing home in Stevensville, Michigan, according to

A Boyceville, Wisconsin native, Pafko was a five-time all-star who began his career with the Cubs in 1943.

Pafko was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in the middle of the 1951 season and stood with his back to the wall in left field at the Polo Grounds when the Giants' Bobby Thomson hit the "shot heard 'round the world" that clinched the National League pennant. He later moved to the Milwaukee Braves and was the starting right fielder for his home-state team until he lost the starting job to Aaron in 1955.

After retiring, Pafko managed in the minor leaguers and eventually settled in the Chicago area. He was active in the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association until a few years ago, when he was placed in the nursing home in Stevensville.

In November 1941, Pafko's contract was purchased by Bill Veeck, then owner of the minor-league Milwaukee Brewers, for $1,000. He later was sold to the Cubs' farm club in Los Angeles and made his debut with the Cubs in '43.

In 1945, Pafko established himself as a major league hitter, batting .298 with 110 RBI for the NL champions. The Cubs lost in seven games in the World Series to Detroit. 

Pafko was traded to the Dodgers in an eight-player deal on the June 15, 1951. In January 1953, the Dodgers traded Pafko to the Braves, who were moving from Boston to Milwaukee and wanted a Wisconsin native to help draw fans to County Stadium.

Pafko's career ended when the Braves released him in October 1959.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Chicago Sun-Time contributed to this story:


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