Consider that Julio Franco made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1982. Then consider …
• When Franco made his major league debut, Manny Mota was playing for the Dodgers. Mota is now 70 years old.
• A sampling of other players still active in 1982: Gaylord Perry, Jim Kaat, Carl Yastrzemski, Phil Niekro, Willie Stargell, Luis Tiant, Tony Perez.
• Jim Kaat pitched to Franco in '82, and also to Ted Williams at the beginning of Kaat's career. So Franco faced a pitcher who faced Ted Williams.
May 08, 2008
Julio Franco Is Out of baseball
ESPN has an interesting story about Julio Franco's retirement. Here is an excerpt.