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John Patsy (Tito) Francona (born November 4, 1933, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvaniamarker) is a former outfielder/first baseman in professional baseball. He is the father of current Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

Career

He was originally signed by the St. Louis Browns, in 1952. His major league career lasted 15 seasons, from to . He 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 Milwaukee Brewers (1970). Francona batted and threw left-handed.

On July 31, 1963, he hit the third home run in a series of four consecutive home runs in a single inning against pitcher Paul Foytack of the Los Angeles Angels. This was the second time in baseball history that a team hit four consecutive home runs in a single inning. It has happened three times since, including once by the Boston Red Sox, with his son, Terry Francona as manager.

Francona has a lifetime .272 batting average with 125 home runs and 656 RBI in 1719 games played.

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