AM 860 THE VOICE OF PORTLAND LISTEN LIVE
Masthead 1
Masthead 2
Masthead 3
Masthead 4
Masthead 5
Masthead 6
Masthead 7
Masthead 8
Feb 14, 12:17 PM EST

'Tito' Francona, father of Indians manager Terry, dies.


AP Photo
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Interactive
Complete Baseball Coverage
Interactives
Mark McGwire timeline
Steroids in Baseball
How to throw a knuckleball
An interactive looking at Derek Jeter's career
Bonds Multimedia
Bonds & BALCO Timeline
Bonds Breaks Home Run Record
Bonds: Chasing the HR Record
Latest News
Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda critical after cardiac incident

Giants Johnny Cueto takes his fitness to Camelback Mountain

New MLB rules: Pitching change a must for 7th mound visit

1B Eric Hosmer and Padres finalize $144 million, 8-year deal

Moreland, Red Sox gird for Stanton, Judge, grid-like Yankees

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Former major leaguer John "Tito" Francona, the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, has died. He was 84.

The Indians said the elder Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. Francona played in the majors for 15 seasons, six with the Indians.

Terry Francona is affectionately called "Tito" after his father.

Tito Francona batted .363 and finished fifth in AL MVP voting in 1959, his first season with the Indians. He led the AL in doubles the following year, and in 1961 he was an AL All-Star and led the league in singles.

Francona made his debut in 1956 with the Baltimore Orioles. He retired as a player following the 1970 season with Milwaukee.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

AM860 On Demand
Follow us on twitter Like us on Facebook 49330 to text AM860 Contact Us Call to Listen AM860 Audio Vault

Listen Live to KPAM AM860