Julio Franco Making a Comeback to Baseball Diamond at Age 55
Former Cleveland Indians infielder Julio Franco is going to try to add to his legend by taking the field at age 55. Franco played in the Major Leagues until age 49 and amassed
2,586 in the big leagues (4,200 in total in leagues such as Japan and Mexico).
The native of the Dominican Republic will be acting as player-coach for the Fort Worth Cats. Their season opener is on Tuesday.
Franco had his first taste in the Majors with the Indians in 1983 after the team landed him a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Tribe traded him in 1989 to Texas in 1990 and in 1991 he won the American League batting crown hitting . 341. He came back to the Indians in 1996 and 1997 and was converted to a first baseman after playing shortstop and second base in his career. In his two stints Indians, he hit .297 with 530 RBI and 147 stolen bases.
While Franco suiting up to play at 55 is impressive it is nothing compared to another former Cleveland Indian. Satchel Paige famously returned to the Major Leagues at age 59 years old in 1965, hurling 3 scoreless innings for the Kansas City Athletics so he could become eligible for a Major League Baseball pension.