The man played forever. And he had the sweetest batting stance EVER! Consider that the Phillies traded him and 4 other players for Von Hayes in 1982. Sweet move by the Fightin’s.
Here is a writeup I did for Ask Your Uncle in his hall of fame induction:
Ask Your Uncle Trivia Hall of Fame Inductee
JULIO FRANCO – MLB, 1982-1994, 1996-1997, 1999, 2001-7
Julio César Robles Franco played 23 seasons of Major League Baseball long with additional tours in Japan, South Korea and Mexico. At 49, he was the oldest position player in the history of MLB. He accumulated 2,586 hits and a .298 batting average in a career that saw him only eclipse the 200 hit mark in one season (1991 – his .341 batting average won him the American League batting title over eventual Hall of Famer Wade Boggs).
Here is more from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_Franco