All of my earliest baseball memories are thanks to my dad, and I’m sure I’m not alone with that sentiment.
Major League Baseball has seen a plethora of multi-generational families, including the Boones, Bells and Hairstons, who span three generations.
In honor of Father’s Day, here is a list of the greatest MLB father-son duos of all-time.
1) Bobby and Barry Bonds – Seven MVP awards, 11 gold gloves, more than 1,000 home runs and nearly 5,000 hits and 1,000 stolen bases between them, nobody else comes close. All they’re missing is the World Series ring.
2) Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey, Jr. – Following your father’s footsteps into the game is one thing. Playing on the same team is nearly unfathomable. What the Griffeys did on Sept. 14, 1990 is beyond amazing. They hit back-to-back home runs. Unreal.
3) Prince and Cecil Fielder – Pops blasted 319 homers and drove in more than 1,000 runs in his 13-year career. Little Prince? He’s not far behind in either category, and he won’t turn 30 until next May.
4) Felipe and Moises Alou – With 34 combined years of service as players, the Alous have as impressive a resume as any father-son combo. Moises won a ring with the Marlins in 1997 and Felipe won over 2,000 games as a manager on top of his 17-year career.
5) Mel and Tod Stottlemyre – It’s tough to leave a family like the Alomars off this list, but when you combine for more than 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts over 25 seasons on the mound, you deserve some love. Oh, and they also have seven World Series rings between them.