Great Baseball Moments: Al Gianfriddo robs Joe DiMaggio in Game 6 of the 1947 World Series. Al Gianfriddo is one of those players who if not for one play would have quickly fallen into obscurity. He played with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1944-47 and finished his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the ’47 season. His career totals- 2 home runs 58 RBI’s and a .266 batting average. He was a regular only one season-in 1945- and that was a war year and a lot of the regular players were serving in World War II.
Gianfriddo’s moment of fame- was also in what turned out to be his final appearance in Major League Baseball. Game 6 1947 World Series. The Dodgers led the Yankees 8-5 in the bottom of the 6th inning. Gianfriddo entered the game as a defensive replacement. With 2 men on DiMaggio hit a long drive to the 415 marker- Gianfriddo made a fabulous catch. While the video makes it look as if he robbed DiMaggio of a home run- it is deceiving-he caught the ball a few feet before the fence. He did rob DiMaggio of extra bases and the Yankees of a couple runs on the play. It ended the inning. This is also one of the very rare occasions where the dignified DiMaggio showed frustration on the baseball field- nearing second base he shakes his head and kicks the dirt in frustration. There would be a Game 7- but Gianfriddo didn’t play in that game. He was sent to the minor leagues in 1948- and for a number of years played in the minors and coached before calling it a career. He never appeared in another Major League game as a player.