Andy Pafko, 92, a former Brooklyn Dodger outfielder who famously watched Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" sail over the left-field wall of the Polo Grounds during the 1951
Pafko spent 17 seasons in the major leagues — with the
Thomson later became Pafko's teammate and roommate with the Braves — and "Bobby never wanted to talk about that homer," Pafko said.
Pafko was born Feb. 25, 1921, in Boyceville, Wis., and started his baseball career in Chicago in 1943. He was voted to the All-Star team in 1945, when the game was not played because of wartime travel restrictions, and helped the Cubs to the NL pennant that season. They lost to the
He was an All-Star from 1947 until 1950. He was traded to Brooklyn in 1951 and to Milwaukee in 1953, then retired in 1959.
Pafko's other three World Series appearances were all against the
Pafko was a sought-after figure for baseball card collectors. One of them — a Topps card from 1952 in excellent condition — sold for nearly $84,000 in 1998.
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