Tito Francona

American baseball player

John Patsy Francona (November 4, 1933 – February 13, 2018) was a Major League Baseball player. As a child, he was nicknamed "Tito" by his father.[1] His son, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. He was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

Francona in 1960

Francona played for the Baltimore Orioles (1956–1957), Chicago White Sox (1958), Detroit Tigers (1958), Cleveland Indians (1959–1964), St. Louis Cardinals (1965–1966), Philadelphia Phillies (1967), Atlanta Braves (1967–1969), Oakland Athletics (1969–1970) and for the Milwaukee Brewers (1970).

Francona died at his home in New Brighton, Pennsylvania of natural causes on February 13, 2018 at the age of 84.[2]


  1. "Francona Gets the Word: Stop Swinging for Homers". Miami News. March 4, 1962.
  2. Steer, Jen. "Tito Francona, former Indians outfielder and father of Terry Francona, dies at 84". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-02-14.

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