John “Tito” Francona has passed away, the Cleveland Indians confirmed on Wednesday, the first day for pitchers and catchers at spring training. He was 84 years old.
Francona, who spent 15 years in the MLB, played with the Indians for six years. He’s the father of Terry Francona, the Tribe manager since 2013 who occasionally goes by “Tito” too.
The elder Francona made his big-league debut in 1956 with the Baltimore Orioles. He was an All-Star in 1961.
In August, Tito and Terry Francona, launched Tito Francona and Son Pasta Sauce. A part of the proceeds from each sale will go to Cleveland Indians Charities.