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Tito Francona, former MLB player and father of Indians manager Terry, dies aged 84

He enjoyed the prime of his career with the Cleveland Indians

Tito Francona.

Tito Francona. | AP

John Patsy Francona, better known as Tito, passed away on Tuesday night, as informed by the Cleveland Indians this morning via their Twitter account.

 

Indians senior VP of public affairs Bob DiBiasio said in a statement:

"Our hearts ache as truly one of the special men in Cleveland Indians history passed away last night ...On behalf of the entire Indians organization, our thoughts and prayers are with Terry and the entire Francona family. For a generation of Cleveland fans, Tito was one of the all-time favorites to wear an Indians uniform. It was certainly a joy the past five years watching Tito and Terry be together around the ballpark. He will be missed.

Tito, who was the father of current Indians manager, Terry, had a 14 year-long career in the Majors, making his debut during the 1956 season, until he retired in 1970. He played for the Braves, Cardinals, Athletics, Orioles, Phillies, Tigers, Brewers and White Sox, but he's best remembered as an Indians player, where he played 6 seasons.

 

He was an All-Star in the 1961 season and finished 5th in the AL MVP voting that same year. He had a career AVG of .272, with 125 HR's and 656 RBI's.