Tito Fran­cona dead at 84

The Province - - SPORTS -

CLEVE­LAND — 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 Penn­syl­va­nia home on Tues­day night.

Fran­cona played in the ma­jors for 15 sea­sons, six with the In­di­ans. He bat­ted .363 and fin­ished fifth in AL MVP vot­ing in 1959.

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