Today in Tribe History: October 6, 2012

The Indians bring home a long-time member of their family today, as Terry Francona officially returns to the familiar city of Cleveland to become the Indians’ 42nd manager in club history.

Selected over interim manager Sandy Alomar, Francona came to town with a career 1,029-915 record over 12 seasons, including his last eight in Boston from 2004 to 2010. There, he ended a long championship drought for the Red Sox while leading them to the postseason five different seasons.

Francona was a second generation Indians player during his playing days who also spent time in the club’s front office between managerial gigs in Philadelphia and Boston. He spent ten years in the Major Leagues, with stops along the way with the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, the Indians (1988), and the Milwaukee Brewers.

His father, Tito Francona, played with the Indians at the time of his birth and had a 15-year playing career, including a single trip to the All-Star Game representing the Indians in 1961.

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