Handy Andy – The Andy Pafko Story


Baseball history is full of unique stories.  Not every player had a Hall of Fame career, while others were the tops of their field.  Thousands of players fall into the middle points of this realm, but every one of them has a unique story that sometimes gets forgotten.  Part of the fun of being a student of baseball history is the opportunity to learn about each players individual story.  Sometimes players fall through the cracks of history because each year new people are added to team rosters and add to the history of the game.  Today’s book takes a look at the story of another player who deserves not to be forgotten due to the passage of time.

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By:Joe Niese-Chippewa River Press 2015

Andy Pafko, by all accounts had a very nice career.  With stints on the North side of Chicago, Brooklyn and Milwaukee, he got to witness some great history as well as the chances to win a few rings.  Solid on the field, putting up very good numbers by that day’s standards, Pafko was a quality player that may not have gotten the true recognition that he deserved.

Joe Niese has written an interesting book that goes to great lengths to show the true man.  He takes an in-depth look at both the professional and personal sides of Andy Pafko.  You not only see his professionalism on the field, you also learn what a quality person he was off the field as well.  A dedicated family man, Andy Pafko comes across as having his priorities straight in life and never losing sight of what was important to him.  He has proven that hard work and love of family both are rewarding in the end.  Niese gives the readers insight on Andy Pafko’s hopes, dreams and personal triumphs that help shape the man in the end.

The part I found most interesting about this book is the passion that author Joe Niese seems to have in telling the story of Andy Pafko.  It is a caring and interesting story that Niese helps tell in a way that truly captures the essence of the man himself.  This book is so much more than just a standard biography of a player.  It is really a biography of a great guy who just happened to be a baseball player.  You learn a lot about Andy Pafko in this book, and it is also a great lesson for the baseball fan, that sometimes the quiet man on the field has the most interesting story to tell.

You can get this book direct from the author at http://www.joeniese.com

Happy Reading

Gregg

 

 

 

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