Sunday, June 17, 2001

Tribute to baseball fathers and sons




        On today's special day, here's a look at fathers, sons and major league baseball:

        According to major league baseball's historian Jerome Holtzman, there have been 150 father-son combinations who have played in the major leagues.

        There have also been three three-generation sets:

        • Ray, Bob and Aaron and Bret Boone;

        • Gus, Buddy and David Bell;

        • Sam, John and Jerry, and Jerry Jr. Hairston.

        Through June 12, the Boones led families in games played (5,104), followed by the Bells (4,790) and the Hairstons (1,003).

        And what might be the greatest father-son hightlight?

        It's gotta be Ken and Junior Griffey playing in the sam regular-season game, on August 31, 1990. They opened with back-to-back singles in the first inning and played alongside each other in left and center field.

        “I was so nervous it was like being a rookie again,” 40-year-old senior said.

        Said the 20-year-old Junior: “It seemed like a father-son game, like we were out in the backyard playing catch.

        In September of that year, they homered in the same game.

        The Griffeys are also the only father-son duo to each homer and be named Most Valuable Player in the All-Star game.

        Some other facts:

        • The Bonds, Bobby (332) and son Barry (530), have the most home runs.

        • The Trouts, Dizzy (170) and Steve (88) have the most combined victories for fathers and sons.

        • Thorton and Don Lee are the only father-son duo to each strike out Ted Williams.

        • Bob Boone, Felipe Alou, Hal McRae and Yogi Berra all managed their sons.

Current players whose fathers played in the majors



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