WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Boyceville native and former MLB Andy Pafko passed away Tuesday at 92
Western Wisconsin native Andy Pafko, who played on the 1945 Chicago Cubs World Series team and later with the Milwaukee Braves, died yesterday. The 92-year-old Pafko passed away at a nursing home in Stevensville Michigan. He was raised in Boyceville in Dunn County. He batted .298 for the Cubs in the last season in which they appeared in a Fall Classic. Pafko was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951. He stood with his back against the wall in left field when Bobby Thompson hit the so-called "shot heard 'round the world" which gave the rival New York Giants the National League title. Pafko was traded to the Braves as they were moving to Milwaukee from Boston in 1953. He hit .297 that year, and lost his full-time outfield job when Hank Aaron joined the Braves. Pafko played in the 1957-and-'58 World Series for Milwaukee before the team cut him in '59. Andy Pafko played in the Majors for 17 years with a .285 batting average, 213 homers, and 976 career R-B-I's. He was also a minor league manager for several seasons.
The Milwaukee Bucks now have three of their biggest front-liners injured, after losing their exhibition opener at Cleveland last night 99-87. Starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova sprained his right ankle when he fell to the floor in a collision with the Cavaliers' C-J Miles in the second quarter. Initial X-rays showed nothing broken. Ilyasova will have another exam today. Coach Larry Drew said the injury looked severe -- and the Bucks can ill afford that, with center Zaza Pachulia and backup forward Ekpe Udoh also out with injuries. The Bucks struggled on offense, as they struggled to find a rhythm with 11 new players. Milwaukee trailed 80-59 after three quarters, and both the Bucks and Cavaliers went to their benches in the final period. First-round rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo made the most of his team-high 29 minutes. The 18-year-old small forward from Greece had 14 points, four rebounds, and three blocked shots in his first N-B-A game. Milwaukee shot only 38-percent and committed 24 turnovers. Tristan Thompson led Cleveland with 17 points and eight rebounds. The Bucks will play their second exhibition contest tomorrow night in Sioux Falls South Dakota against Minnesota.
The Green Bay Packers will try to go above .500 for the first time this season, when they play the Super Bowl champion Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday. The Packers will start practicing their game plan today. The Pack filled a vacancy on its practice squad yesterday by signing corner Jumal Rolle. He was on the New Orleans practice squad for four weeks before the Saints waived him last week. Rolle spent most of this year's training camp with Buffalo. He played at Catawba College. Rolle takes the James Nixon's former spot on the Green Bay practice squad. Nixon was promoted to the 53-man roster on Monday, after linebacker Robert Francois went out for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon.
In golf, Stanford led wire-to-wire to win the Erin Hills Inter-collegiate tournament near Milwaukee. The eighth-ranked Cardinal shot a 13-under-par 851 for three rounds. U-C-L-A and Southern Methodist tied for second, six strokes back. Marquette, which hosted the tournament, finished ninth at 30-over-par 290. Wisconsin was 10th at 34-over. U-W Green Bay was 12th at plus-63. The Phoenix finished ahead of only Northern Illinois and DePaul. Zachary Balit was the Badgers' top individual, shooting six-over-222 in a tie for 30th. Marquette's top player was Pat Sanchez, who was seven-over in a tie for 33rd. Gene Kiela-the-third led Green Bay at 11-over-227. That tied him for 45th place.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team has extended its home unbeaten streak to eight matches, with a 3-to-2 non-conference win over Drake last night. Senior Nick Janus scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick late in the second half. Janus leads the Badgers in scoring, and has had six goals in his last seven contests. Wisconsin is now 4-and-0 at home, continuing an unbeaten streak at the McClimon Complex which dates back to a year ago.