Tito Francona, a Former Baseball All-Star, Dies at 84


Tito Francona after throwing a ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the 2016 American League Division Series in Cleveland between the Indians and the Boston Red Sox. At left is his son, Terry Francona, the Cleveland manager.

Pool photo by Paul Sancya

Tito Francona, a former All-Star who played for 15 seasons in the major leagues and was the father of Terry Francona, the Cleveland Indians’ manager, died on Tuesday night at his home in New Brighton, Pa. He was 84.

The Indians announced his death. Francona played for Cleveland for six seasons.

A left-handed-hitting outfielder and first baseman, Francona batted .363 and finished fifth in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1959, his first season with the Indians. He led the league in doubles the next year and in singles in 1961, when he was named an All-Star.


Francona in 2007. He had his best year in 1959, with the Indians.

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He made his debut in 1956 with…

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