Sunday, March 11, 2012

Julio Franco -- Slow Dancing With His Bat

Julio Franco played a stunning number of seasons, starting with the Indians in 1982 and ending with the Braves in 2007 at the ripe old age of 49. He was a three-time All-Star and won the American League batting championship in 1991.

He had a peculiar batting stance, holding the bat behind his left ear. But that batting stance produced 2,586 hits in the Big Leagues, plus hundreds of other hits in professional leagues in Japan, Mexico and South Korea.

Julio loved his bat, as evidenced in this tender portrait in his 1991 Leaf Studio card.

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