Andy Pafko

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Andy Pafko  (1943-1951) 

Birthday: February 25
He shares a birthday with other notable Cubs like Johnny Kling, Monte Irvin, Ron Santo, Bob Brenly, Ed Lynch & Jorge Soler
5-time All-Star (all with Cubs)  (*1945, 1947-1950)

Drove in 100 runs twice for the Cubs (1945, 1948)

*The All-Star game was not played in 1945. 

Andy Pafko-Advanced Statistics

I really enjoy looking at the advanced statistics of past Cubs players like Andy Pafko to get an idea of how great these players really were.  On this basis, Pafko excels.  OPS+ is an index based statistic that factors in many variables to compare all MLB hitters at a particular time for on base plus slugging, a very important offensive category.  An average major league baseball player for any given year will score a 100.  Pafko was typically well over 100 each year with the Cubs (8 out of 9 years, the lone exception being his first full MLB season in 1944).  His overall OPS+ in 9 years with the Cubs was 126.  He certainly deserved those 4 all-star appearances and perhaps more.  In 1945, the year that Andy Pafko helped lead the Cubs to a World Series appearance, Pafko had an OPS+ of 128.  His best seasons were 1948 and 1950 with an OPS+ of 144 and 157.

Andy Pafko & the Cubs

Andy Pafko was a fan favorite in Chicago as the "hometown boy" who grew up in nearby Wisconsin.

Andy Pafko played in 2 different parks named Wrigley Field.  Prior to joining the major league club, the Cubs AAA, minor league affiliate team was located in Los Angeles and their home park was also named Wrigley Field, named after Phillip K Wrigley, who also owned the Angels of the PCL league.

Pafko spent 9 of his 17 seasons with the Cubs primarily as an outfielder, but did play third base towards the end of his career with the Cubs. 

Andy Pafko-World Series

Pafko's efforts helped the Cubs get to the 1945 World Series.
Andy Pafko played in the 1952 World Series with the Brookly Dodgers.  
Andy Pafko won a World Series championship with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957

Andy Pafko-Other Notable Events

A few other notable things about Andy Pafko's MLB career was that when he lost his starting job in the Braves outfield in 1955, he was replaced with future Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron.

Pafko was also playing left field for the Brooklyn Dodgers and saw one of the most famous home runs in MLB history fly over his head, Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the World" that sent the New York Giants to the World Series.  Pafko and Bobby Thomson would later be teammates with the Milwaukee Braves as both played for the team from 1954 to 1957. Bobby Thomson was traded during the 1957 season back to the New York Giants preventing him from winning the 1957 World Series with the Braves and Pafko.

In 2007, Bleed Cubbie Blue ranks Andy Pafko as the 29th best Cubs player of all-time.

Andy Pafko-All-time Best Cubs





Andy Pafko dates in Cubs History


September 24, 1943
Before a crowd of just 314 people, the smallest in Wrigley Field history, the Cubs defeat the Phillies 7-4 in 5 innings.  Andy Pafko makes his MLB debut, goes 2 for 3, drives in 4 runs and scores 2 runs.  A great start to a great Cubs career!!


September 30, 1943
The Cubs defeat the Boston Braves 5-4 in 12 innings with a walk-off victory.  Andy Pafko goes 4 for 6 in the game with an RBI.  Pafko's certainly made an impact.  In his first 9 games, Pafko is batting .463, collecting 19 hits in his first 41 at bats to begin his Cubs career.   He'll end a short 1943 season with a .379 batting average. 

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April 23, 1944
Andy Pafko goes 4 for 4 with a run scored in game 1 of a doubleheader against the Cardinals.   Cubs lose the game 11-3. 

June 30, 1944
Andy Pafko hits a walk-off, 2-run home run with 2 outs in the 9th inning, breaking up a 0-0 tie between Dodgers and Cubs.  Bill Fleming shuts out the Dodgers on 3 hits.

July 30, 1944
In Philadelphia, the Cubs defeat the Phillies 11-2.  Andy Pafko goes 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.

August 11, 1944
Dodgers defeat Cubs 7-6 in Brooklyn.  Andy Pafko has 2 hits and drive in 3 runs for the Cubs.

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July 3, 1945
Cubs demolish the Boston Braves 24-2 at Wrigley Field.  Andy Pafko reaches base 5 times in 7 at bats (4 hits and a walk) and drives in 5 runs. 

Sept 23, 1945
In game 1 of a doubleheader against the Reds at Wrigley Field, Andy Pafko's 1st inning grand slam helps lead Cubs to a 7-2 victory over Reds. 

May 30, 1945
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the New York Giants 11-2 as Andy Pafko goes 2 for 3 with a double, home run and 3 RBI. 


June 10, 1945
Cubs sweep a doubleheader against the Reds at Wrigley Field as Andy Pafko has a great day.  He collects 4 hits in 9 at bats, scores 3 runs, drives in 4 with a single, double, triple and a home run. 


July 4, 1945
Andy Pafko's 3-run home run helps the Cubs complete a doubleheader sweep over the Boston Braves in Boston.  Bill Nicholson hits the game-winning home run in the top of the 9th for the 7-6 Cubs victory.


August 15, 1945
At Brooklyn, the Cubs demolish the Dodgers 20-6.  Andy Pafko collects 2 hits, a stolen base and a walk.  One of the hits was a 3-run home run. 
home run. 


September 12, 1945
Hank Wyse scatters 9 Phillie hits and the Cubs score 4 runs in the 3rd inning, one on a bases loaded walk to Phil Cavaretta and Andy Pafko clears the bases with a 3-run double as the Cubs defeat the Phillies 4-0.  It is Hank Wyse's 19th victory of the season. 

October 3, 1945
In the first game of the World Series, the Cubs get off to a great start with a 9-0 victory over the Tigers at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.  Andy Pafko goes 3 for 4 with a double, walk, 3 runs scored and an RBI. 

Pafko doesn't do very well in the 1945 World Series, collecting 6 hits in 28 at bats for a .214 batting average.

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July 29, 1946
At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs defeat the New York Giants 5-4 in 11 innings.  Andy Pafko triples home a run and collects 4 hits and a walk in this game.


May 18, 1946
At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs demolish the New York Giants 19-3.  Andy Pafko collects 3 hits, scores 3 runs and drives in 3 runs. 


May 5, 1946
 Cubs score 11 runs in the 7th inning. Cubs pitcher, Hank Bowory who pitched a complete game, drives in 4 runs with 2 doubles in the inning.

Andy Pafko homers as the Cubs defeat the Phillies 13-1 at Wrigley Field.

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April 24, 1947
At Forbes Field, the Cubs defeat the Pirates 6-5, thanks in part to a 4-run 5th inning.  Andy Pafko gets 4 hits, 2 singles, a double and a triple and drives in 3 runs and scores 1 run.  The Cubs score in 3 innings and Pafko gets hits in each inning to help the Cubs score.  His 2-run triple in the 5th inning came in front of Bill Nicholson's home run.  HIs 8th inning single began the final rally that gave the Cubs their 6-5 game-winning lead.


Sep 23, 1947
At Crosley Field, Andy Pafko gets 4 hits, 3 singles and a double, scores 1 runs and drives in 3 runs as the Cubs defeat the Reds 7-2.


May 19, 1947
At Wrigley Field, Andy Pafko goes 3 for 5 with a single, 2 doubles, 3 RBI and a run scored in an 8-7 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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July 11, 1948
 Russ Meyer pitches a 2-hit complete game shutout as Cubs defeat Pirates 1-0 at Wrigley Field.    Andy Pafko drives in the only run with a 7th inning home run.

May 16, 1948
 Andy Pafko goes 5 for 5 with 2 HR's, 4 RBI's and the Cubs make a comeback to tie the game after trailing 11-7 in the 8th inning, but the Reds come back to score  2 in the ninth and defeat the Cubs 13-11.

June 19, 1948
Bill Nicholson's 2-run home run and Andy Pafko's 3 RBI accounts for all the Cubs scoring in a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers at Ebbetts Field.  Pafko gets 5 consecutive singles in the game going 5 for 5 with 3 RBI and a run scored.


Sep 3, 1948
Andy Pafko goes 4 for 5 with 2 singles, a double, a home run, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI as the Cubs defeat the Pirates 10-1 at Forbes Field.
 
May 31, 1948
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs and Pirates split a doubleheader.  Andy Pafko has a big day homering in both games of the doubleheader, going 5 for 8 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI.

June 16, 1948
Cubs defeat the Dodgers 8-5 at Ebbetts Field.  Andy Pafko goes 2 for 5 with a 3-run home run.

May 28, 1948
Cubs defeat the Reds 10-8 at Crosley Field.  Andy Pafko goes 3 for 4 with a walk, one run scored and 3 RBI. 

September 21, 1948
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants, Red Webb and the Cubs, Johnny Schmitz are locked in a pitcher's duel with the Giants taking a 1-0 lead into the 9th inning.  Andy Pafko hits a 3-run home run to give the Cubs a 3-2 come from behind victory over the Giants.

April 24, 1948
Cubs defeat the Cardinals 6-2 at Wrigley Field.  Andy Pafko hits a 3-run home run.

September 22, 1948
One day after hititng a game-winning 3-run home run to split a  oubleheader against the Giants, Andy Pafko hits a 2-run home run in the 1st inning and drives in a 3rd run on a double play ground out, driving in all 3 Cubs runs as the Cubs defeat the Giants 3-2 in game 1.  Cubs win the 2nd game of the doubleheader as well.

July 18, 1948
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs and Phillies split a doubleheader.  Andy Pafko goes 4 for 9 (all singles) with 5 RBI in the 2 games.

August 18, 1948
At Wrigley Field, the Pirates defeat the Cubs 7-4.  Andy Pafko goes 3 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI.

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April 29, 1949
Andy Pafko reaches base in 5 of 6 at bats with a walk and 4 hits.  Cubs get a walk-off victory in the 12th inning on a single by Burleigh Grimes.  Pafko does not score, but he does single in the 12th to help the Cubs score the winning run.  
 
May 7, 1949
At Ebbetts Field, the Dodgers defeat the Cubs 10-4. Andy Pafko hits 2 home runs and drives in 3 runs. 


June 19, 1949
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Dodgers 8-2.  Andy Pafko walks twice and hits 2 home runs, driving in 3 runs.  (2 HR's, 4 runs, 3 RBI)

May 14, 1949
At Crosley Field, the Cubs defeat the Reds 13-1.  Andy Pafko hits a bases loaded triple and homer, going 3 for 4 with 4 RBI.

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April 18, 1950
At Crosley Field, the Cubs and Andy Pafko start the year off very well.  Pafko hits a solo home run in the 2nd inning and a 3-run home run in the ninth inning as Cubs defeat the Reds 9-6 on Opening Day in Cinncinatti.

June 10, 1950
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Boston Braves 13-10.  Andy Pafko goes 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 doubles.

June 6, 1950
The Cubs and Dodgers have a back and forth game with both teams taking the lead multiple times.  Andy Pafko goes 3 for 5 in the game and scores the game tying run in the 8th inning after leading off the inning with a triple.  Another Cubs triple, this one from Bob Burkowski leading off the 10th inning leads to the winning run as the Dodgers walk the next two batters to load the bases loaded, but this strategy failed miserably as Jack Benta walks pinch-hitter Emile Verban for the walk-off walk as the Cubs defeat the
Dodgers 7-6.


July 16, 1950
Andy Pafko helps the Cubs sweep a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field.  Pafko goes 6 for 7 with a walk in the 2 games, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 4 runs scored and 3 RBI.  Cubs win game 1 8-0 and the 2nd 10-3.


June 23, 1950
At Philadelphia, Andy Pafko goes 3 for 3 with a runs scored and an RBI going 3 for 3. The Cubs defeat the Phillies 7-4. 

June 28, 1950
Cubs trounce the Cardinals 15-3 at Wrigley Field.  Andy Pafko hits a 3-run home run. 

July 1, 1950
Andy Pafko's 3-run home run in the 9th inning ties the game, but the game goes into extra innings and the Reds win in the bottom of the 10th on a 2-run home by Dixie Howell.  The Reds defeat the Cubs 5-3 at Crosley Field.

July 2, 1950
One day after hitting a 3-run, 9th inning home run to tie the game, Andy Pafko finishes the game just one single shy of hititng for the cycle, getting a double, triple and home run, 5 RBI and 3 runs scores as the Cubs trounce the Reds 16-0 at Crosley Field.  Pafko never does
hit for the cycle in his MLB career.


July 16, 1950
Cubs sweep the Phillies in a doubleheader at Wrigley Field.  Andy Pafko has a big day combining for 6 hits in 7 at bats, 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run and 3 runs batted in and one walk in the 2 games.  Cubs win game 1 8-0 and the 2nd game 10-3. 

July 21, 1950
Andy Pafko goes 3 for 5 with a home run and a 13th inning single and scores the winning run as Bill Serena singles him home for the 4-3
walk-off victory over the Boston Braves at Wrigley Field.

July 28, 1950
At Ebbetts Field, the Cubs trounce the Dodgers 12-5.  Andy Pafko has a big day, hitting 2 home runs, a double and a hit by pitch, scoring 4 runs
and driving in 3 runs. 

August 2, 1950
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep a doubleheader against the Cubs, but in game 2, Andy Pafko did his part for a Cubs victory, hitting 3 home
runs and driving in 5 of the Cubs 6 runs.  The Giants win game 2 8-6. 

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April 17, 1951
 
On opening day, Dee Fondy hits a bases loaded triple in his first MLB at bat. Andy Pafko homers as the Cubs defeat the Reds 8-3.  It is Andy Pafko's
final opening day for the Cubs. 

Sources:

Andy Pafko-SABR

Andy Pafko-Baseball Reference






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