On July 19, 2007 the Braves sign Julio Franco, one month short of his 49th birthday, for his final major league appearances. He had played for the Braves in 2001 to 2005 before being traded to the Mets.
Franco holds the all-time record for number of games played after the age of 45.
Julio was a work horse. He continued to play in the majors until 2007 but played on minor and international teams until 2015.
At Turner Field on June 4, 2004, Julio Franco became the oldest player in baseball history to hit a grand slam. The 45 year-old Dominican first baseman’s first inning base-loaded home run proves to be the difference as the Braves beat the Phillies, 8-4.
Look at this team history:
- Philadelphia Phillies (1982)
- Cleveland Indians (1983–1988)
- Texas Rangers (1989–1993)
- Chicago White Sox (1994)
- Chiba Lotte Marines (1995)
- Cleveland Indians (1996–1997)
- Milwaukee Brewers (1997)
- Chiba Lotte Marines (1998)
- Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999)
- Samsung Lions (2000)
- Atlanta Braves (2001–2005)
- New York Mets (2006–2007)
- Atlanta Braves (2007)
4,000 Professional Hit Club: Now this is amazing, Franco compiled over 4,200 hits in his 26-year professional career, making him one of only seven known players with at least 4,000 professional hits (the others being Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Jigger Statz, Stan Musial, Derek Jeter, and Ichiro Suzuki).