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CLEVELAND (AP) — Former major leaguer John “Tito” Francona, the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, has passed away. He was 84.
The Indians said the elder Francona passed away unexpectedly at his home within New Brighton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday night. Francona played in the majors for 15 seasons, six with all the Indians.
Terry Francona is passionately called “Tito” after his dad.
Tito Francona batted. 363 plus finished fifth in AL MVP voting in 1959, his 1st season with the Indians. He directed the AL in doubles these year, and in 1961 he has been an AL All-Star and brought the league in singles.
Francona made his debut in 1956 with the Baltimore Orioles. He outdated as a player following the 1970 period with Milwaukee.
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