List of second-generation Major League Baseball players
The following is a list of father-and-son combinations who have played or managed in Major League Baseball (MLB).
Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father-and-son combination to play in Major League Baseball at the same time, in 1989 when Ken Jr. was called up by the Seattle Mariners while Ken Sr. was playing with the Cincinnati Reds. They became Mariner teammates in 1990. In Ken Sr.'s first game as a Mariner, on August 31, 1990, the pair hit back-to-back singles in the first inning and both scored. On September 14, in the top of the first off California Angels pitcher Kirk McCaskill, the pair hit back-to-back home runs, becoming the first and only father-son duo to ever accomplish such a feat. The duo played a total of 51 games together before Griffey, Sr., retired in June 1991.
Cecil and Prince Fielder are the only father-son combination each to hit 50 or more home runs in any season. Cecil Fielder hit 51 homers in 1990. Seventeen years later, his son, Prince, hit 50. Coincidentally, both Prince and Cecil hit exactly 319 home runs in their careers.
Five families have had a father and son serve as manager: the Macks (Connie and Earle), the Sislers (George and Dick), the Skinners (Bob and Joel), the Boones (Bob and Aaron), and the Bells, (Buddy and David).
In 1992, Bret Boone became the first third-generation MLB player.
Altogether, there have been five three-generation MLB-player families:
- The Bells (Gus, Buddy, David, and Mike)
- The Boones (Ray, Bob, Bret, and Aaron)
- The Colemans (Joe, Joe Jr., and Casey)
- The Hairstons (Sammy, Jerry, Johnny, Jerry Jr., and Scott)
- The Schofield/Werths (Ducky Schofield, Dick Schofield, and Jayson Werth). Werth is the grandson of Ducky Schofield and nephew of Dick Schofield, and also the stepson of Dennis Werth.
There have been four three-generation families affiliated with MLB in roles other than player:
- The Runges (Ed, Paul, and Brian) are a three-generation family of MLB umpires.
- The Carays (Harry Caray, Skip Caray, and Chip Caray) are a three-generation family of MLB broadcasters
- The DeWitts (Bill DeWitt and brother Charlie DeWitt, GM and owners of St. Louis Browns; William DeWitt Jr., principal owner and managing partner of the St. Louis Cardinals; Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals) are a three-generation family of MLB executives.
- The Veecks (William Veeck Sr., president of the Chicago Cubs; Bill Veeck, owner of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox; Mike Veeck, owner of the independent minor-league St. Paul Saints) are a three-generation family of baseball executives.
In 2017, the Boone family became the first family to have produced four generations of players: Ray, Bob, Bob's sons Aaron and Bret, and Bret's son Jake, who was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 38th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. However, Jake did not sign and is currently not a professional as he instead plays for Princeton University. Because he is attending college, he will not be eligible for the draft or to sign a professional contract until 2020. The Bell family joined this group in 2019, consisting of Gus, Buddy, Buddy's sons David and Mike, and Mike's son Luke, who was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Mike is currently the vice president of player development for the Diamondbacks.
The MacPhail family is the first family is the first to have four generation affiliated with Major League Baseball in roles other than as players. Larry was the general manager of the Reds and Dodgers as well as the president, general manager and co-owner of the Yankees. Son Lee was president and general manager of the Orioles, executive vice president and general manager of the Yankees and president of the American League. Larry and Lee are the only father and son pair inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Lee's son Andy is the current president of the Phillies and was previously general manager of the Twins, president and chief executive officer of the Cubs and president of baseball operations for the Orioles. Andy's brother Lee MacPahail II was an executive with the Reading Phillies of the Eastern League. His son Lee MacPhail IV has been the director of scouting for the Indians, Expos, Nationals and Orioles.
|Italic||Managed his son(s)|
|†||Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame|
|*||Player is active|
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Other second-generation MLB personnelEdit
Parent played top-level professional baseballEdit
The following families had a parent play top-level professional baseball in a league other than Major League Baseball, and a son who played in Major League Baseball:
|Luis Aparicio, Sr.||SS||Venezuelan Professional Baseball League||Luis Aparicio†||SS|
|Lyman Bostock, Sr.||1B||Negro Leagues||Lyman Bostock||OF|
|Helen Callaghan||CF||All-American Girls Professional Baseball League||Casey Candaele||UTL|
|Pedro Cepeda||SS/1B||Puerto Rico Baseball League||Orlando Cepeda†||1B|
|Lourdes Gourriel||LF, 1B||Cuba national baseball team||Yuli Gurriel*||1B|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr.*||LF|
|Martinez Jackson||2B||Negro Leagues||Reggie Jackson†||RF|
|Kazuhiro Kuroda||CF||Nippon Professional Baseball||Hiroki Kuroda||P|
|Leon Lee||1B||Nippon Professional Baseball||Derrek Lee||1B|
|Luis Tiant, Sr.||P||Negro Leagues||Luis Tiant||P|
|*||Umpire is active|
|Shag Crawford||NL||Jerry Crawford2||NL/MLB|
|Lou DiMuro||AL||Mike DiMuro||AL/MLB, CL (Japan)|
|Tom Gorman||NL||Brian Gorman||NL/MLB|
|Ed Runge||AL||Paul Runge||NL|
|Paul Runge||NL||Brian Runge||NL/MLB|
|Harry Wendelstedt||NL||Hunter Wendelstedt||NL/MLB|
^1 The National and American Leagues consolidated umpiring crews beginning in the 2000 season; umpires who worked after the consolidation are denoted with "MLB".
^2 Joe Crawford, another son of Shag Crawford and brother of Jerry Crawford, is an official in the National Basketball Association.
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