Andy Pafko Athletic Park

These are photos of Boyceville, WI and as you can tell them, this isn't Boyceville in the winter. This was Boyceville back in September 2010 when I was back home and took a little side trip to visit Andy Pafko's home town.

Boyceville is a typical Wisconsin small town...about 1100 people, a main drag where small shops can still exist, and where high school basketball rules. The good people of Boyceville have honored their favorite son with a baseball diamond named in his honor.

The highlight of the field is the giant metal sign showing Andy swinging. Andy is shown as a Cub on the sign which is a little surprising since he spent just as much time as a Milwaukee Brave. Andy was most famously memorialized on the #1 card of the 1952 Topps set as a Brooklyn Dodger but I don't think that would fly in Boyceville.

The sign from another perspective:

I've also added a couple of cards to my Pafko collection...a 1956 that has seen better days. I'm pretty sure it looks like Pafko is out at home on that smaller image.

1956 Topps #312 Andy Pafko

I also picked up a cheap re-print which I wouldn't be surprised to see down at my local antique shop listed as "Andy Pafko '54 Topps -- MINT CONDITION!!!!!! $45"

1994 Topps Archives #79 Andy Pafko 1954 Reprint