Julio Franco Speaker Profile
Julio Franco Biography
Julio Franco was born August 23, 1958 and is a retired MajorLeague Baseball infielder. In 2007, Franco was the oldest active player in themajor leagues at the age of 49.
While Franco was an All-Star and posted above-averagehitting statistics throughout his career, he is best known for being the oldestregular position player in Major League history. Franco is the all-time hitsleader among Dominican-born players. He made his debut on April 23, 1982, as ashortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies. During his long career, Franco sawsignificant time as a shortstop, second baseman, first baseman, and designatedhitter.
Franco had been the oldest player in the major leagues from 2004 to 2007, andwas the last active player who was born in the 1950s. On April 20, 2006,pinch-hitting with one out in the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres,Franco hit a go-ahead two-run home run, becoming the oldest player in MajorLeague history to hit a home run. Franco hit a three-run homer on September 30,2006, in Washington to extend his own record. It was one of three hits in thegame for Franco, who fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Franco yetagain bested himself on May 4, 2007 when he homered into the swimming pool atChase Field against Arizona Diamondbacks lefty Randy Johnson - a game in whichhe also stole a base.
Franco was also the oldest player ever to hit a grand slam,a pinch-hit home run, two home runs in one game, and to steal two bases in agame. On April 26, 2006, Franco became the second-oldest man in Major Leaguehistory to steal a base, behind only Arlie Latham, who accomplished the feat ina token appearance at age 49 with the New York Giants in 1909. On July 29,2006, against the Atlanta Braves, Julio Franco became the oldest player ever topinch run, when he came in for Carlos Delgado after Delgado was hit by pitch.On September 19, 2006, a day after the Mets clinched the division title, Francostarted at third base in a game against the Florida Marlins. This was Franco'sfirst start at the position since his rookie year, marking 24 years betweenstarts at the position.
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