Many great athletes are second generation stars. That is as true in baseball as it is in any other sport. There is a high number of father and son combinations that have played Major League Baseball. Some combos had more success than others.
With Father’s Day around the corner, here is a look at the five best father and son combinations in the history of Major League Baseball:
1. Ken Griffey, Sr and Ken Griffey, Jr.
The older Griffey was a part of the famous Big Red Machine, one of the more dominant teams in modern baseball history. His son would stage a memorable career that will land him in the Hall of Fame one day. The younger Griffey had better numbers, but his dad picked up World Series rings. They ultimately wound up playing on the same team in Seattle, and both hit home runs in the same game.
2. Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds
Barry’s godfather Willie Mays is more famous than Bobby. But Bobby had a nice career. Bobby played 14 seasons and hit over 300 home runs. He could also steal bases. Barry managed to exceed his father’s numbers in a big way. Barry could have been regarded as one of the greatest players of all time had it not been for steroid allegations. What’s said is he would have earned that respect without them.
3. Felipe Alou and Moises Alou
The Alou family was extensive in baseball, and the combination of Felipe and Moises was especially strong. Moises played 17 seasons, hitting over 300 home runs and picking up a World Series ring. Felipe also played 17 years, having surprising power and hitting precision. He would also become a manager, once coaching his own son.
4. The Boones
There were three generations of successful Boones. Ray had a 13-year major league career that lasted through the 1950s. His son Bob was one of the best catchers of his day. He was a fan favorite when the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series in 1980. Ray’s grandchildren have also played big league baseball. Aaron had the famous walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS for the Yankees. Bret had a nice 14-year career, mostly with Cincinnati and Seattle.
5. The Alomars
Sandy Alomar had a 15-year career and twice led the league in plate appearances. His two sons exceeded his performance, though. His son Sandy played 20 major league seasons and was a key player on some dominant Cleveland Indians teams in the 1990s. Roberto played 17 years and was a major force in several good teams. He went to the postseason seven different times, winning the World Series twice with the Toronto Blue Jays.