|LONGEVITY, THY NAME IS JULIO FRANCO.|
|DUDE CAN STILL HIT, EVEN AT 55.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- The Methuselah of Swat, Julio Franco made history by becoming the oldest regular position player in history at age 48 in 2007. Franco was the oldest to homer, pinch-homer, hit two in a game and park a grand slam. He played 23 seasons in the majors for eight teams, slashing .298/.365/.417, amassing 2,586 hits, clubbing 173 homers and driving in 1,194 runs.
- On May 4, 2007, Franco homered off #154 Randy Johnson, reaching the pool at Chase Field in Arizona, to become he oldest player to go deep. He also stole a base, becoming the oldest to achieve that, a little more than three months from his 49th birthday.
- Franco won his only batting title in '91, hitting a career-high .341 with the Rangers. He also set a career-high in on-base percentage with .408 and reached 200 hits for the only time in his career.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Franco was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent way back in '78.
- Spent most of the '80s with the Indians after they acquired him in the six-player deal in '82 that included Von Hayes and Manny Trillo.
- Stole 30-plus bases four times in his career.
- Played professionally in five decades, beginning as a 19-year-old minor-leaguer.
- Joined the Fort Worth Cats of the independent United League in May as player-coach at 55.