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Former Milwaukee Braves Outfielder Andy Pafko Dies at Age 92

October 9th, 2013 at 8:41 AM
By Cody Fields

Most Atlanta Braves fans know Andy Pafko as the right fielder Hank Aaron replaced during the Milwaukee Braves days, but the man who had a successful 17-year Major League career died in a Michigan nursing home at the age of 92 on Tuesday, reports.

Pafko was born in Boyceville, Wis., in 1921, eventually making MLB debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1942. He helped lead the Cubbies to their last World Series in 1945 with a .298 average and 110 RBIs.

The Cubs traded Pafko to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951, where he was in left field for New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thompson's Shot Heard 'Round the World to clinch the National League pennant.

In 1953, the Braves were in the middle of a move from Boston to Milwaukee and traded for Pafko in order to have a Wisconsin native to draw fans. He was the Braves' starting right fielder until 1955, when he last the job to Hammerin' Hank. He played his last when the Braves released him in 1959, though he was also a part of the Braves' 1957 World Series championship team.

All told, Pafko made four All-Star appearances while hitting .285 with 213 homers and 976 RBIs.

From there, Pafko managed in the minor leagues and was active in the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association.



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