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George Pfister dead at 78

August 14, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ George Pfister, a former player, manager and coach who had worked for 23 years in the baseball commissioner’s office, died of a heart attack Thursday morning at Somerset, N.J., Hospital. He was 78.

Born in 1918 in Bound Brook, N.J., Pfister began his professional baseball career as a catcher with Williamsport, then the Eastern League affiliate of the Philadelphia Athletics, in 1939. He later moved to the Dodgers organization and was a September call-up on Brooklyn’s 1941 National League champion club, appearing in one game.

He returned to Brooklyn 11 years later as a coach for the Dodgers’ 1952 NL championship team and later managed in the Western League.

After serving as general manager of the Thomasville Dodgers in the Class D Georgia-Florida League, Pfister joined the New York Yankees in 1965 as director of minor league operations. In 1974, he joined the commissioner’s office, where he was supervisor of baseball operations at the time of his death.

Pfister is survived by his wife, Olga, and their daughters, Kathy and Sharon.

A funeral Mass was scheduled Monday at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Bound Brook, N.J., followed by burial in Bound Brook Cemetery.

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