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Tom Shanahan, Dan Osinski and Andy Pafko, former Braves figures, pass away

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  • Tom Shanahan, Dan Osinski and Andy Pafko, former Braves figures, pass away

    Tom Shanahan was a Braves broadcaster.

    Shanahan, V. Thomas "Tom" Died March 10, 2014, at the age of 89. ...

    He was a well-known radio personality on WEMP-AM in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, hosting his popular Club 60 and Gaslight Club programs. He teamed with Mickey Heath and Earl Gillespie to broadcast the old Milwaukee Brewers (AAA baseball) games from Borchert Field. When major league baseball came to Milwaukee in 1953 Tom assembled the first Milwaukee Braves broadcast network and hosted a pre-game show called Dugout Doings.
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    Dan Osinski pitched for the Braves in 1965, posting a 2.82 ERA in 61 relief appearances. He died last October, but his death was not reported in this forum.

    79, of Sun City, AZ passed away on September 13, 2013. Dan was born November 17, 1933, the first child of Veronica Osinski and Anthony J. Osinski in Chicago, Illinois. ...

    Dan signed with the Cleveland Indian's Minor League team at age 17. Dan married Marguerite (Peggy) Frew, of Barrington, Illinois in July 1960. They had one child together, Daniel D. Dan and Peggy were married for 53 years. Dan and Peggy enjoyed many family gatherings and family vacations with their son Dan, wife Laurie and their grand children, which brought Dan great joy. Dan had a special bond with his youngest grandson, Devin. Devin and Grandpa Dan spent countless hours together and were best buddies.

    Dan was one of the very first "Relief Pitchers," in baseball, where he was known as "The Silencer," by his colleagues and sports writers. Dan played for several Minor League teams before making his Major League debut on April 11, 1962. Dan played for the Kansas City Athletics in 1962, Los Angeles Angels from 1962-1964, Milwaukee Braves in 1965, and the Boston Red Sox from 1966-1967, where he was a member of the "1967 Red Sox Impossible Dream Team." During the 1967 World Series, Dan pitched in game 3 and game 7. In 1968, Dan was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Dan's final year in Major League Baseball was played in Houston, Texas for the Houston Astros. At the end of the season, Dan was traded to the San Diego Padres, but decided to retire to spend more time with his family.
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    Andy Pafko played for Milwaukee from 1953 to 1959. In his first two years with the club, he averaged 16 home runs and 70 RBI a year while hitting .291. He died last October, but his death was not reported in this forum.

    Andy Pafko, the starting right fielder for the Milwaukee Braves until Hank Aaron arrived in the majors, died Tuesday at age 92 in a nursing home in Stevensville, Mich.

    Pafko was a Wisconsin native, born in Boyceville, who began his big-league career in 1943 with the Chicago Cubs. The five-time all-star played for the Cubs in 1945, the last year they were in the World Series.
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