BRAVES RIGHT FIELDER Andy Pafko used this bat in a September 1953 series with the Cardinals at Sportsman's Park. The Braves took two out of three from the Cardinals with Andy contributing a hit and scoring a run in the first two games. He hit .297 with 17 home runs and 72 RBIs in the Braves' first year in Milwaukee.
'Handy Andy' played on pennant-winners with Cubs,
Dodgers and Braves
His 110 RBIs helped the Cubs win the 1945 National
League pennant, and after World War
II he compiled three .300 seasons in
Chicago and hit 36 home runs in 1950
ANDY PAFKO played on pennant-winning teams in Chicago, Brooklyn and Milwaukee.
Andy Pafko began his Major League baseball career
on September 24, 1943, with the Chicago Cubs at the age of 23. Andy
played 17 seasons for Chicago, Brooklyn and Milwaukee and
ended his big league playing career in 1959.
Pafko was an excellent outfielder with a strong arm and power who
played on pennant winners in three cities. His 110 RBIs helped the
Cubs win the 1945 National League pennant. After World War II he
compiled three .300-plus seasons in Chicago and hit a career high
36 home runs in 1950.
Cub manager Charlie Grimm, who gave him his "Handy Andy"
nickname for his versatility, often used him at third base. Pafko
was extremely popular, so his 1951 trade to the Dodgers was very
unwelcome in Chicago.
With Pafko joining Duke Snider
and Carl Furillo in the
Brooklyn outfield, the "Bums" had the best defensive garden
trio in baseball. The Booming
Bats of the '50s collection includes bats from each member of
this great outfield.
Pafko's 19 homers and 85 RBI helped a powerful Brooklyn club win
a pennant in 1952. Brooklyn traded him to the Braves after the 1952
season and moved Jackie Robinson into the vacated left field position
for a year.
ANDY PAFKO began his Major League baseball career on September 24, 1943 with the Chicago Cubs.
Pafko platooned on Milwaukee's World Champions of 1957 and pennant winners of 1958. He was a five-time all-star outfielder, hitting .285 lifetime, with 213 home runs and 976 RBIs.
As a member of the Cubs' farm team in Green Bay, Andy was thrown out
of a Wisconsin State League game by umpire Jimmy Palermo (proprietor
of the Original Sports Bar) during Palermo's stint as a professional
ANDY PAFKO: Did you know...
...Pafko was traded by the Chicago Cubs in June 1951 with Johnny Schmitz, Wayne Terwilliger, and Rube Walker to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten, Eddie Miksis, and Gene Hermanski.
...Pafko was traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers in Jan. 1953 to the Milwaukee Braves for Roy Hartsfield and $50,000 cash.
...Pafko was released by the Milwaukee Braves in Oct. 1959.
...Pafko was born February 25, 1921 in Boyceville, Wisconsin.
"HANDY ANDY" was an excellent outfielder
with a strong arm, and played on Milwaukee's world championship team
PAFKO's 19 homers and 85 RBI helped a powerful Brooklyn club win a pennant in 1952, but he was traded to the Milwaukee Braves in 1953 where he finished his career after the 1959 season.
THIS CARICATURE of Pafko published in the Sporting News calls Andy a "dark wavy-haired youngster of 24 years...weighs 187 pounds and stands 5 feet, 11 inches."