2017-05-17 / Front Page

Mets Former Great John Franco

By Dan Miller and Joyce Vetere Milowski

WVOX Co-Host and Queens Gazette Senior Correspondent Joyce Vetere Milowski interviewing Mets Great John Franco at the NY Emmy Awards last week.


WVOX Co-Host and Queens Gazette Senior Correspondent Joyce Vetere Milowski interviewing Mets Great John Franco at the NY Emmy Awards last week. On May 13, Queens Gazette correspondent Joyce Vetere Milowski met up with for Mets great John Franco to discuss his time with the Mets. Franco was a presenter at the NY Emmy Awards.

Franco, a Brooklyn native who grew up in Bensonhurst, spoke about his playing days as a young man at New Utrecht HS and at St. John's University where he excelled as a pitcher for the Red Storm. 

He began his major league career with the Cincinnati Reds on April 24 1984. He did two stints Mr and Mrs John Franco at the Emmy Awards in NYC.Mr and Mrs John Franco at the Emmy Awards in NYC.with the Mets (1990-2001) and (2003-2004). His last appearance was with the Houston Astros on July 1, 2005.

He pitched in 1,119 games and his record was 90-87 with an 2.89 ERA with 975 strikeouts. He ranks fourth in major league history in games pitched. HIs 424 career major league saves ranks second in major league history and he ranks first in baseball history for a left handed pitchers. 

"My days with the New York Mets were awesome." said an elated Franco. "I had a great time with the New York Mets and they treated me very well. The Mets fans were always good to me."

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