Cleveland Indians: Father-son ties within Tribe’s roster

Cal Quantrill #47 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona
Manager Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Tito Francona and Terry Francona

The current manager of the Cleveland Indians isn’t the first Francona to put on a Cleveland uniform. While Terry Francona is often called “Tito” the first Tito Francona played six seasons in Cleveland.

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Tito Francona debuted during the 1956 campaign and played until 1970, amassing 15 major league seasons. He first played for Baltimore before playing for the White Sox, Tigers, Cardinals, Phillies, Braves, A’s and Brewers. However, he played the most seasons for Cleveland. His lone All-Star season came in 1961 after leading the league in doubles during the 1960 campaign.

As for Terry Francona, he played 10 seasons before entering coaching. His playing career began in Montreal during the 1981 season and included stops with the Cubs, Reds, Tribe and Brewers.

He quickly became a manager at the age of 38, taking the helm of the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1997 season. Francona stayed in Philly for four seasons before being let go. He took the job with the Boston Red Sox in 2004, managing the team until 2011 and winning two World Series rings.

From there, Francona joined the Cleveland Indians in 2013 and has become one of the more successful managers in team history, including a trip to the World Series in 2016.

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