10/9 Andy Pafko

Former Cubs star Andy Pafko died Tuesday. He was 92.

A five-time All-Star who played 17 seasons and appeared in 24 World Series games, including the Cubs’ last trip to the Series in 1945, Pafko had a liftime .285 average with 213 home runs and 976 RBIs. He played for the Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves.

Nicknamed “Handy Andy” because of his versatility, Pafko broke into the Majors in 1943. He helped lead the Cubs to the World Series in ’45 by batting .298 with 12 home runs and a career-high 110 RBIs. He finished fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player balloting that year.

“I played during a great era of baseball,” Pafko told the Chicago Tribune in a 2004 interview. “I was fortunate to play in the World Series for three different teams in my career — the Chicago Cubs, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Milwaukee Braves. There have been so many great Cubs ballplayers like Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo who never got the chance to play in a World Series.”

The Cubs traded him to the Dodgers in the middle of the 1951 season in an eight-player deal.

2 Comments

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Pafko. My grandfather (a mason) did some work on his parents home and he was my mother’s favorite player for quite a while. A real gentleman. RIP Andy.

Very true of playing in the ” Golden Era” of Baseball. AP was a gentleman and team player. Something that today’s athletes would be wise to imitate. RIP Andy. And may the Big Stadium in the sky welcome you to your own Field of Dreams.

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