John Patsy “Tito” Francona, father of current Cleveland Indians manager, Terry Francona, died on February 13, 2018He was 84.
Tito was a major-league outfielder and first baseman from 1956 to 1970, playing for nine different clubs, but primarily with the Cleveland Indians, where he finished fifth in the American League MVP voting in 1959 and had an all-star season in 1961. During his career, he compiled a .272 batting average, 125 home runs, and 656 RBI.
Terry Francona will be starting his sixth season with the Indians in 2018. Prior to that, he managed the Boston Red Sox from 2004 to 2011, which included two World Series championships. A first baseman /outfielder like his father, Terry also played in the big leagues from 1981 to 1990 for five teams, including five seasons with the Montreal Expos.
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