Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame: Andy Pafko

Photographed May 22 and 23, 2014
Erected by Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Baseball Hall of Fame
Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
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Andy Pafko
Born in Boyceville, Wis., on Feb. 25, 1921, Andy Pafko graduated from Boyceville High School in 1939 and began his pro baseball career with the Eau Claire Bears in 1940. He played 17 seasons with the Major Leagues, including 1943-1951 with the Chicago Cubs, 1951-52 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and 1953-59 with the Milwaukee Braves. An outfielder and third baseman with a .984 career fielding average, "Handy" Andy had a .285 career batting average, hit 21 home runs, was a four-time All-Star and played in four World Series. He is one of only a small number of Major Leaguers to have more home runs (36) in one season than strikeouts (32), doing it in 1950.

After his playing days, Pafko was an assistant coach with the Braves in the early 1960s, managed the Braves' minor leagues in the middle 1960s and later was a Major League scout while living in the Chicago area.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Baseball Hall of Fame
Inducted 2010

The marker is located inside Carson Park, at the Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame, in front of the Carson Park baseball stadium, adjacent to the baseball stadium parking lot, on Carson Park Drive, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703.

NOTE: Carson Park Drive is a big loop around the park; it's impossible to miss the baseball stadium.

Andy Pafko's marker is second from the left.

 With the Carson Park baseball stadium in the background.

The ramp from the parking lot to the Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame
(visible at the top of the ramp).

The Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame is located at Carson Park.

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