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'Tito' Francona, MLB All-Star and father of Indians manager Terry Francona, dies at 84

Sporting News logo Sporting News 4 days ago Thomas Lott

a man holding a baseball bat: Tito Francona © Getty Images Tito Francona John Patsy "Tito" Francona, an MLB veteran of 15 seasons and the father of Indians manager Terry Francona, has died. He was 84.

The Indians announced his death Wednesday.

Francona played for nine teams from 1956-70, batting .272 with 125 home runs and 656 RBIs in his career.

His best seasons came in Cleveland, where he was an All-Star in 1961 and finished fifth in American League MVP voting in 1959.

After his career concluded in 1970 Francona completely stepped away from baseball, never managing or coaching at any level. He went on to become the director of parks and recreation in New Brighton, Pa. until he retired in 1997.

His son Terry also played for the Indians and went on to manage the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

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Tito Francona, right,former Cleveland Indians outfielder and father of current manager Terry Francona, left, reacts after throwing a ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Cleveland. Notable sports deaths of 2018
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