Subscribe to the Newsletter

Remembering Andy Pafko

"Andy Pafko couldn't have asked for a bigger break when the Cubs traded him to the Brooklyn Dodgers in June of 1951," Mark Potash writes for the Sun-Times.

"Without having to leave Wrigley Field - the Dodgers were in town for a four-game series -- he moved from seventh-place in the National League to first.

"But the timely trade also put Mr. Pafko on a collision course with baseball history. As the Dodgers left fielder in the final game of a best-of-three playoff with the New York Giants, Mr. Pafko could only look up and watch as Bobby Thomson's three-run homer -- the ''shot heard 'round the world' - sailed over his head in the ninth inning to win the pennant in stunning fashion for the Giants, 5-4."

Pafko died Tuesday in a Stevensville, Michigan, nursing home at the age of 92. He was a a four-time All-Star who played on the Cubs' last pennant-winning team in 1945 - and his death leaves only one living person, shortstop Lennie Merullo, who has played in a World Series for the Cubs.

Here's a 2010 tribute to Pafko:


See also:
* Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Wisconsin Native Andy Pafko Was A Local Hit.

* Bleed Cubbie Blue: And Then There Was One.

* Lennie Merullo's Wikipedia page.


Comments welcome.

More from Beachwood Sports »

Study: Youth Football Linked To Adult Problems

Participation in youth football before age 12 increased the risk of problems with behavioral regulation, apathy and executive functioning by two-fold and increased the risk of clinically elevated depression scores by three-fold.

Continue reading "Study: Youth Football Linked To Adult Problems" »

Posted on Sep 22, 2017

Youth Football Team (8-Year-Olds) Take Knees In Belleville

The kids asked, and the coach agreed.

Continue reading "Youth Football Team (8-Year-Olds) Take Knees In Belleville" »

Posted on Sep 22, 2017

Breaking Beachwood Sports Feed!