Tito Francona, Father Of Indians' Terry, Dies At 84; Baseball World Mourns

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Tito Francona, the former Cleveland Indians All-Star and father of current manager Terry Francona, has passed away at the age of 84.

During his lone year with the Wizards, the 35-year-old started 77 of the 79 contests in which he played, registering 9.7 points, 8.8 boards and a block across 26 minutes a night while making 47.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 57.1 percent of his foul shots.

John Francona played in the majors for 15 seasons for multiple organizations, but spent his most time in the big leagues with the Indians from 1959 to 1964.

He led the AL in 1960 and made the AL All-Star team in 1961. Terry - who goes by the nickname "Tito" - played in parts of 10 Major League Baseball seasons, but it's as a manager that the younger Tito is likely to be someday a Hall of Famer.

The prime of Francona's career came with the Indians.

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Tito and Terry sat in the back of the bus with the other players.

In his later years, Francona would become more known for his son, Terry.

In 1956, he debuted with the Baltimore Orioles and finished tied for second with Cleveland's Rocky Colavito for the AL Rookie of the Year award.

He was named to the Top 100 greatest Indians Roster in 2001. Whenever a player would curse or tell an off-color story, Tito would put his hands over Terry's ears.

You know, the Tigers lost 98 games a year ago, got substantially worse in the offseason and are clear that they are not in contention mode.

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