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John Franco

  • Sport: Baseball
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

John Franco, a former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball, played for three National League teams from 1984 to 2005, primarily the New York Mets. Franco displayed his talent on the field at St. John’s University in Queens, where he pitched two no-hitters his freshman year. But that was only the beginning of John Franco’s record-breaking baseball career. In addition to holding the record for most career saves by a left hander and fourth in major league history at 424, Franco also holds the National League record and 3rd in major league history for his 1,119 career games pitched. Franco was also selected to the all-star team an impressive four times and 2-time Rolaids Relief Man of the Year. In addition, Franco was also the 2001 recipient of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, presented to a player who demonstrates his character and integrity both on and off the field.

Once during a television appearance, he revealed that he never threw a screw ball, but instead only threw a circle changeup.

Franco was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 2012 and into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.