STEVENSVILLE, MICHIGAN (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Western Wisconsin native Andy Pafko, who played on the 1945 Chicago Cubs World Series team and later with the Milwaukee Braves, died yesterday. The 92-year-old Pafko passed away at a nursing home in Stevensville Michigan. He was raised in Boyceville in Dunn County.
He batted .298 for the Cubs in the last season in which they appeared in a Fall Classic. Pafko was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951. He stood with his back against the wall in left field when Bobby Thompson hit the so-called "shot heard 'round the world" which gave the rival New York Giants the National League title.
Pafko was traded to the Braves as they were moving to Milwaukee from Boston in 1953. He hit .297 that year, and lost his full-time outfield job when Hank Aaron joined the Braves. Pafko played in the 1957-and-'58 World Series for Milwaukee before the team cut him in '59.
Andy Pafko played in the Majors for 17 years with a .285 batting average, 213 homers, and 976 career R-B-I's. He was also a minor league manager for several seasons.