Harry "Cookie" Lavagetto, a Washington Senators manager and the hero of one of the most famous games in World Series history, died Friday of a heart attack in Orinda, Calif. He was 77.
In the fourth game of the 1947 Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees, Lavagetto broke up a no-hitter by Yankees pitcher Bill Bevens when he doubled with two outs in the ninth inning. The hit off the right field wall at Brooklyn's Ebbetts Field -- Lavagetto's last major league hit -- drove in two runs and gave the Dodgers a 3-2 victory and a 2-2 tie in the series, which the Yankees won in seven games.
Lavagetto played 10 seasons in the major leagues, starting with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934. He joined the Dodgers in 1937 and he missed three seasons of baseball during World War II.
The right-handed hitter played third base and batted .269 lifetime.
He ended his playing career with the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League in the 1950s.
He managed the Senators from 1957 to 1960, and he was the Twins' first manager when the Washington franchise was moved to Minnesota in 1961.