Francis was born in Slab Fork, WV. His career was delayed four years by Air Force
service. He won nine and was second to Bob Friend on the Pirates with 121 strikeouts
in 1962, his best ML year.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 26, 1962:
Pittsburgh's Earl Francis (9-8) gives up two hits in 10 innings in beating the Reds, 1–0. Jim Maloney matches him for nine innings. Bob Friend pitches the 11th to earn his 1st save of the year after Mazeroski and Stargell double home the winning run. Bucs vet Bill Virdon steals his 5th base to go along with his 13 caught steals, tying him for National League high with Maury Wills.