|'Handy Andy' Pafko was an All-Star Centerfielder for the Chicago Cubs during the 1940's and early 1950's. His booming bat, Pafko had 110 RBI's, helped the Cubs win the 1945 National League pennant. Four times in this period 'Handy Andy' made the All-Star team.
In 1947, he hit .302, in 1948 Pafko batted .312 and he hit a career high 36 home runs in 1950 including three home runs in one game on August 20, 1950.
He was one of the more popular players in the Chicago area and when he was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in June of 1951, the Cubs' fans wanted to boycott Wrigley Field.
Andy Pafko helped the Dodgers win the pennant in 1952. He was traded again in 1953 to the Milwaukee Braves and helped them win two pennants. Pafko had a distinguished career which lasted 17 years, he finished with a .285 batting average, collected 1796 hits, blasted 264 D, 62 T and hit 213 HR's. Wherever Andy Pafko played he was number one with his fans. Thanks for the memories. baseballhistorian.com