|Outfielder / First baseman|
October 8, 1920|
Angels Camp, California
|Died: May 17, 1995
Costa Mesa, California
|July 16, 1943, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1954, for the Milwaukee Braves|
|Runs batted in||373|
George Michael "Catfish" Metkovich (October 8, 1920 — May 17, 1995) was an American outfielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox (1943–46), Cleveland Indians (1947), Chicago White Sox (1949), Pittsburgh Pirates (1951–53), Chicago Cubs (1953) and Milwaukee Braves (1954). Born in Angels Camp, California, to Croatian parents, Metkovich earned his nickname when he stepped on a catfish during a fishing trip and cut his foot; the injury and ensuing infection caused him to miss several games.
Metkovich stood 6'1" (185 cm) tall, weighed 185 pounds (84 kg), and batted and threw left-handed. He helped the Red Sox win the 1946 American League pennant as the team's semi-regular right fielder. He appeared as a pinch hitter twice in the 1946 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. After flying out against Red Munger in Game 4, Metkovich's pinch double off Murry Dickson in the eighth inning of Game 7 helped the Red Sox come back from a 3–1 deficit. He scored the tying run on a double by Dom DiMaggio. But in the bottom of the same inning, the Cardinals broke the 3–3 tie on (Enos) "Slaughter's Mad Dash" to win the game and the world championship.
Metkovich's early career was spent in the "Junior Circuit", but his salad days were in the National League of the early 1950s. He finished 38th in voting for the 1952 National League Most Valuable Player, playing in 125 games and having 373 at bats, 41 runs scored, 101 hits, 18 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, 41 runs batted in, 5 stolen bases, 32 walks, .271 batting Average, .335 on-base percentage, .391 slugging percentage, 146 total bases and 5 sacrifice hits. In his 10 MLB seasons he played in 1,055 games, batting .261 with 934 hits, 47 homers and 373 RBI.
Metkovich's playing career spanned 19 years (1939–57). He managed the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League from May 16, 1957, through July 23, 1960, posting three winning records. He also briefly scouted for the expansion Washington Senators in the early 1960s.
- The Sporting News, 1954 Baseball Register, page 105
|San Diego Padres (PCL) manager