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Pondering a world without Julio Franco

Julio Franco has called it quits. We remember the world before he first appeared in the majors. Story

Updated: May 7, 2008, 9:43 AM ET
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By now you've undoubtedly heard the sad news. We've lost Julio Franco.

No, Franco hasn't passed away. He just retired from baseball -- finally! -- at the age of 49.

The last year Franco was officially out of the major leagues? 1981! To put that in perspective …

• Reggie Jackson was the highest paid player in baseball in 1981, with a salary of $588,000.

• The average major league salary was approximately $144,000, and the average ...

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