Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Former All-Star outfielder Andy Pafko has died. He was 92 years old.
Pafko began his career with the Chicago Cubs in 1943 and played on the team's last National League pennant winner two years later. He also spent time with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves in a 17-year career.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Wisconsin native died Tuesday at a nursing home in Stevensville, Mich.
Pafko was fourth in the MVP balloting during the 1945 season, when he hit .298 with 12 homers and a career-high 112 runs batted in for the NL champion Cubs. He was traded to the Dodgers on June 15, 1951 and was in left field that October when Bobby Thomson hit the "Shot Heard 'Round The World," the home run that famously put the New York Giants into the World Series.
The Dodgers sent Pafko to the Braves before the 1953 season and he remained with Milwaukee until he was released following the 1959 campaign. He was part of two NL pennant winners in Milwaukee, including the 1957 World Series championship team.
Pafko, who also played in the World Series with Brooklyn in 1952, batted .285 with 213 homers and 976 RBI in 1,852 big league games.