Sunday, June 15, 2008

Like Father, Like Son...Sort Of

By the time I got around to posting this, Father's Day was pretty much over. My sense of timing is definitely impeccable. My bright idea for Father's Day involves looking at baseball families, specifically fathers and sons. By my count (using these lists: A-L, M-Z), coming into 2007, 178 ballplayers have seen their son(s) play in the majors.

A lot of the time fathers played the same general position as their sons. One example is the Kendall family: Jason catches today and his father Fred was a catcher throughout the 1970's. Even when the positions aren't exactly the same, position player dads generally have position player sons (Sandy Alomar, Sr. was an infielder while Sandy, Jr. was a catcher). Similarly, pitcher fathers often have pitcher sons (Mike Bacsik: father, son). This isn't always the case, though. Below I've listed the "crossover" fathers and sons, one a pitcher and one a position player.

Father/Son Combinations of Pitchers and Position Players

Tony ArmasOFTony ArmasRHP
Charlie Beamon, Sr.RHPCharlie Beamon, Jr.1B
Ed Connolly, Sr.CEd Connolly, Jr.LHP
Jimmy CooneySSJohnny CooneyLHP/OF
Mike DarrRHPMike DarrOF
Steve Dillard2BTim DillardRHP
Herm Doscher3BJack DoscherLHP
Tom FletcherLHPDarrin FletcherC
Fred GreenLHPGary GreenSS
Larry HaneyCChris HaneyLHP
Ken HeintzelmanLHPTom Heintzelman2B
Wally Hood, Sr.OFWally Hood, Jr.RHP
Marty KeoughOFMatt KeoughRHP
Bill KunkelRHPJeff KunkelSS
Max LanierLHPHal LanierSS
Dave LaRocheLHPAdam LaRoche
Andy LaRoche
Barney MartinRHPJerry MartinOF
Nelson MathewsCFT.J. MathewsRHP
Frank MeinkeSS/PBob MeinkeSS
Gene Moore, Sr.LHPGene Moore, Jr.RF
Guy Morton, Sr.LHPGuy Morton, Jr.PH
Bill NarleskiSSRay NarleskiRHP
Dick Nen1BRobb NenRHP
Joe NiekroRHPLance Niekro1B
Frank OkrieLHPLen OkrieC
Ed OlivaresRF/LFOmar OlivaresRHP
Bob Oliver1BDarren OliverLHP
Tiny OsborneRHPBobo Osborne1B
Steve Partenheimer3BStan PartenheimerLHP
Mel QueenRHPMel QueenRF/RHP
Diego SeguiRHPDavid Segui1B
Dick Siebert1BPaul SiebertLHP
George Sisler1BDave SislerRHP
Chris SpeierSSJustin SpeierRHP
Ed Sprague, Sr.RHPEd Sprague, Jr.3B
Ebba St. ClaireCRandy St. ClaireRHP
Dave StenhouseRHPMike StenhouseOF/1B
Joe StephensonCJerry StephensonRHP
George SusceCGeorge SusceRHP
Chuck TannerLFBruce TannerRHP
Pablo TorrealbaLHPSteve TorrealbaC
Ricardo Torres1B/CGil TorresRHP/SS/3B
Hal Trosky, Sr.1BHal Trosky, Jr.RHP
Dixie WalkerRHPDixie Walker
Harry Walker

Johnny Cooney and Gil Torres both debuted as pitchers before converting to position players, so I included them on the list. I treated George Sisler as a first baseman though he began his career as a pitcher, playing first on days he wasn't starting. Finally, Mel Queen started as an outfielder before converting to pitcher which is why he's on the list. The Meinkes are a debatable inclusion since father Frank split time as a shortstop and pitcher during his only season as a regular.

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