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Terry Francona misplaced his father Wednesday, and the baseball group misplaced a cherished determine.
John Patsy “Tito” Francona died Wednesday morning at his house in New Brighton, Pa., the Cleveland Indians showed. He used to be 84.
Tito Francona is easiest identified at the moment throughout the legacy of his son, Terry, who has carved out a a hit managing profession via guiding the Boston Crimson Sox to 2 International Sequence titles in 2004 and 2007 and successful Supervisor of the 12 months awards with the Indians in 2013 and 2016.
Tito used to be an excellent determine in his personal proper, despite the fact that. After enjoying for 3 other groups all over his first 3 main league seasons, the Aliquippa, Pa., local discovered good fortune in Cleveland after becoming a member of the membership in a 1959 business that despatched eventual Baseball Corridor of Famer Larry Doby to the Chicago White Sox. Tito posted a career-high .363 batting reasonable that season whilst platooning as an outfielder and primary baseman, then earned an All-Megastar nod two seasons later in 1961.
He retired following the 1970 season with 1,114 hits over a 15-year main league profession.
Many reached out on Twitter to precise their condolences over Francona’s passing.