George Metkovich, who played major league baseball for 11 years, died Wednesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his son, David, said Thursday. Metkovich, who lived in Fountain Valley, was 74.
Metkovich, known as Catfish in his playing days, began his major league career in 1943 with the Boston Red Sox and also played with Cleveland and Chicago in the American League. He also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates for three seasons and with the Milwaukee Braves his final season in the majors in 1954. He played in two games of the 1946 World Series with Boston. He was a first baseman and outfielder.