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Player: Cafego, Tom


Position: LF/C

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Tom Cafego, second-string catcher and utility man, also will be considered for an outfield post. His long-distance clouting and versatility played a major part in Macon’s playoff triumphs and capture of the South’s class “B” championship from Mobile. (Macon Telegraph, 1937)

Thomas Cafego (b. August 21, 1911 in Whipple, WV – d. October 29, 1961 in Detroit, MI) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball.

Tom Cafego played four games for the 1937 St. Louis Browns managed by Jim Bottomley. On August 29, 1937 he and two Meridian teammates were purchased by the parent Browns, and on September 3 he made his major league debut, striking out as a pinch-hitter at home against the Cleveland Indians. On September 5 he pinch-ran, on September 8 he started in left field, batting second, and went zero for three, and on September 9 he pinch-ran again, scoring a run. Those four games were the extent of his major-league career.

He is the only major leaguer born in West Virginia in 1911 and is (through 2019) the only major leaguer born in Whipple. Tom played outfield and catcher in the minors, and spent three years at Macon. He was the fourth of seven boys in his family. His parents emigrated from Hungary.

His brother George is in the College Football Hall of Fame. He said his name should be pronounced with the accent on the first syllable. He served in WWII in the army, and lost his right arm "in beachhead action" in Salerno, Italy in 1943. In later life, he worked for Ford Motor Company.

(excerpted from Random Former Major League Baseball Player of the Day Blog, Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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*Tom is part of the Italian Ancestry Unsure/Doubtful Tour – Next Page

Tom is part of the Military Service during Wartime Tour – go to the Next Stop

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