Terry Francona

Baseball Manager
Born Apr 22, 1959

Terrance Jonathon Francona, nicknamed "Tito," is the current manager of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. He was a first baseman and outfielder in the majors from 1981 to 1990. After retiring as a player, he managed several minor league teams in the 1990s before managing the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons. In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918.… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on April 22, 1959.


1970 11 Years Old Francona grew up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, about northwest of Pittsburgh, where he got his start in baseball at High School. His father is Tito Francona, who played outfield for several Major League clubs from 1956 to 1970, including Cleveland from 1959 through 1964. … Read More


Francona attended the University of Arizona, where he played college baseball for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team. Francona and the Arizona Wildcats won the 1980 College World Series and Francona was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
1981 22 Years Old After briefly playing in the minor leagues, Francona made his major league debut with Montreal on August 19, 1981, a week after the end of that summer's player strike. … Read More
1982 23 Years Old Francona married Jacque Lang on January 9, 1982, and they have four children: son Nicholas, and daughters Alyssa, Leah, and Jamie. … Read More
1985 26 Years Old The Expos released Francona after the 1985 season, during which his batting average had slipped to .267 after posting a .346 average in limited action in 1984. … Read More


1989 - 1992 3 More Events
1993 34 Years Old As manager of the AA franchise Birmingham Barons in 1993–95, he posted a 223-203 record and won two distinctions: Southern League Manager of the Year in 1993, Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year in 1993, and top managerial candidate by Baseball America in 1994, the same year Michael Jordan played for Birmingham. Birmingham won the Southern League championship in 1993.
1995 36 Years Old He managed in the Dominican Winter League with the Águilas Cibaeñas, and he also won the championship and the Serie del Caribe in 1995–96. … Read More
1996 37 Years Old Francona became third-base coach for the Detroit Tigers in 1996, working under their new skipper, Buddy Bell, a former teammate of Francona on the Reds. … Read More


1999 - 2000 2 More Events
…  In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918. … Read More
2005 46 Years Old During the 2005 season, Francona was hospitalized after complaining of severe chest pains. … Read More
2008 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 24, 2008, the Red Sox announced that they had extended Francona's contract. … Read More


2009 50 Years Old On June 2, 2009, Francona recorded his 500th win as manager of the Red Sox, making him the third manager in club history to have 500 wins. … Read More
2010 51 Years Old On May 6, 2010, Francona became the fourth person to manage 1,000 games for the Red Sox.
2011 52 Years Old On July 23, 2011, Francona got his 1,000th win as a manager, but his team collapsed historically in September, finishing 7-20 and squandering a nine-game lead over the Rays for the AL Wild Card spot.
Following the season, the Red Sox declined to exercise Francona's 2012 option. … Read More
2013 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Under Francona, the Cleveland Indians finished the 2013 regular season with a record of 92-70, which was a 24-game improvement over the previous year. … Read More
2016 57 Years Old He managed the Indians to the American League Central Division title in 2016. … Read More
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