CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Former Cleveland Indians great and the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry "Tito" Francona has died, according to a statement released by the team.
John Patsy Francona died at his home Tuesday night in Brighton, PA. He was 84.
"Our hearts ache as truly one of the special men in Cleveland Indians history passed away last night," said Indians Senior VP of Public Affairs Bob Dibiasio. "On behalf of the entire Indians organization, our thoughts and prayers are with Terry and the entire Francona family. For a generation of Cleveland fans, Tito was one of the all-time favorites to wear an Indians uniform. It was certainly a joy the past five years watching Tito and Terry be together around the ballpark. He will be missed."
Francona played with the Indians from 1959 to 1964. In his first year with the Indians, Francona, Sr batted .363 and finished 5th in AL MVP voting. He was one of the Indians all-time greats.
He was named to the Top 100 greatest Indians roster in 2001.
He ended his career with Milwaukee in 1970.