Card: 1940 Play Ball #69
Harry Arthur "Cookie" Lavagetto (b. December 1, 1912 in Oakland, CA – d. August 10, 1990 in Orinda, CA) was an American professional baseball player, coach, and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a third baseman from 1934 to 1947. Cookie started his major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934. After the 1936 season, he was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers and was a National League (NL) All-Star from 1938 to 1941. He lost four seasons to military service during World War II in the United States Navy. He returned to the Dodgers and finished his MLB career with them in 1946 and 1947, playing in the World Series both years.
Lavagetto, a four-time All-Star with the Brooklyn Dodgers, is notable for his game-winning performance in Game 4 of the 1947 World Series when, he drove home the winning run while Yankees pitcher Bill Bevens was just one out away from throwing what would have been the first no-hitter in World Series history. With that double, Lavagetto was the first player to end a World Series game with a hit when his team was one out away from losing the game; since then, Kirk Gibson in 1988 and Brett Phillips in 2020 also accomplished this rare feat.
Among Lavagetto's best seasons was 1939, when he set career-highs with 153 games played, a .300 batting average, 10 home runs, 93 runs scored, and 87 runs batted in (RBI); his 87 RBI ranked sixth in the league. On September 23 of that year, he went 6-for-6 in the second game of a doubleheader in a 22–4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
After his playing career, Lavagetto was the last manager of the American League Washington Senators, from 1957 through 1960, and the first manager of the Minnesota Twins when the Senators relocated there for the 1961 season. He then returned to the coaching ranks with the New York Mets (1962–1963), and — back home in the Bay Area — the San Francisco Giants (1964–1967) before leaving baseball.
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