New Arrival: John Patsy “Tito” Francona, of/1b, 1956-1970

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Tito Francona was a very solid OF/1B for most of the late 50’s and 60’s, though played at his peak while a part of the Cleveland Indians.  During his run with the Tribe he carried a .789 OPS, 117 OPS+, averaged 14 HR a season and a .353 OBP.  He would be selected to one All-Star team (in 1961).

I did not know this, but he came to the Indians in a trade with the Tigers in 1959 that sent Indians legend and future HOF Larry Doby packing.  That was a pretty fantastic trade for the Tribe considering Doby would retire after the ’59 season.

In case you did now know, Tito is also Terry Francona’s father, which is really cool.

Year Age Tm AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+ Awards
1954 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1955 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1956 22 BAL 445 9 57 11 5 51 60 .258 .334 .707 95 RoY-2
1957 23 BAL 279 7 38 7 3 29 48 .233 .307 .665 87
1958 24 TOT 197 1 20 2 3 29 40 .254 .350 .680 87
1958 24 CHW 128 1 10 2 3 14 24 .258 .331 .667 85
1958 24 DET 69 0 10 0 0 15 16 .246 .381 .700 90
1959 25 CLE 399 20 79 2 0 35 42 .363 .414 .980 171 MVP-5
1960 26 CLE 544 17 79 4 1 67 67 .292 .372 .832 127
1961 ★ 27 CLE 592 16 85 2 1 56 52 .301 .363 .823 122 AS
1962 28 CLE 621 14 70 3 2 47 74 .272 .327 .728 98
1963 29 CLE 500 10 41 9 1 47 77 .228 .296 .642 80
1964 30 CLE 270 8 24 1 3 44 46 .248 .361 .761 112
1965 31 STL 174 5 19 0 0 17 30 .259 .323 .725 96
1966 32 STL 156 4 17 0 0 7 27 .212 .250 .577 59
1967 33 TOT 327 6 28 1 1 27 44 .239 .297 .615 77
1967 33 PHI 73 0 3 0 1 7 10 .205 .272 .491 42
1967 33 ATL 254 6 25 1 0 20 34 .248 .304 .651 87
1968 34 ATL 346 2 47 3 0 51 45 .286 .376 .723 118
1969 35 TOT 173 5 42 0 1 25 21 .318 .394 .851 140
1969 35 ATL 88 2 22 0 1 13 10 .295 .371 .746 109
1969 35 OAK 85 3 20 0 0 12 11 .341 .418 .960 173
1970 36 TOT 98 1 10 1 0 12 21 .235 .324 .620 74
1970 36 OAK 33 1 6 0 0 6 6 .242 .375 .708 100
1970 36 MIL 65 0 4 1 0 6 15 .231 .296 .573 59
15 Yrs 5121 125 656 46 21 544 694 .272 .343 .746 107
162 Game Avg. 483 12 62 4 2 51 65 .272 .343 .746 107
CLE (6 yrs) 2926 85 378 21 8 296 358 .284 .353 .789 117
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/3/2014.
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