EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Major League baseball will play its annual all star game but one area baseball star puts them all to shame.
Ralph Franco plays for a men's over 30 league in East Haven and he more than just experience on his side.
"He's the starting right fielder, he's one of our better hitters, he can run better than most of the guys on the team," said a teammate.
"He runs out to his position and he embarrasses us sometimes because we'll take off a play and he never does," said another teammate.
Ralph Franco has been one of the top players on the East Haven Jorels since he first joined the over 30 men's league back in the early '90s.
And at age 75, he still continues to not only amaze but inspire his teammates every Sunday.
"He's amazing, we're talking about a guy and I'm 54 years old, and were talking about a guy only 4 years younger than my father coming out and he's one of the top players on the team," said Paul Carroza, Middlebury.
Franco, affectionately referred to as "the King" by his teammates didn't start playing baseball until he was 16.
He played at Hillhouse high school in New Haven and even had a couple of major league tryouts.
"The senior year they held a tryout at Beardsley Park in Bridgeport, as I remember and unfortunately that day the outfielders threw a better distant than I did," said Franco.
Getting Franco to talk about himself is about as hard as his slide into second base.
"But enough said about me, I love these guys. I've been with these guys since the tail end of '91," said Franco.
And over the last 22 years his teammates say he hasn't slowed down a bit.
"Thank you, I appreciate that. That's because I hustle, that's the only way I know how to play," said Franco.
"We thought 20 years ago he was old, now that most of us our in our 50s ,you know he's 75, it's just ridiculous," said another teammate.
At age 75, Franco has considered calling it a career and he almost did just a couple weeks ago.
"It's inevitable that I'm gonna have to stop," said Franco.
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