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ALL-STAR Fathers and sons

All-Star Fathers and sons Mastermindingmaven / via Flickr


Today is a day we set aside to honor our Fathers.

I took some time this week to think about Fathers day.  I began to look back at my childhood and what my father meant to me.  I will never forget the days of playing catch with my dad in the back-yard.  He would throw me pop-ups just far enough away to where I had to dive for them.  He would show me how to hit a baseball and how to throw it correctly. Many fathers across this country will spend this summer teaching their sons all about the game of baseball.  I thought about how many little boys are looking up and dreaming of being a pro baseball player.

As I thought about my father today, I wanted to thank him for the countless hours he spent training me to be a man.  What better to look at to describe the bond of a father and a son than the game of baseball.

Throughout the history of baseball we have had many father-son duos reach the Major Leagues, but only a few of these duos have been able to call themselves ALL-STAR’S. Here are a few of the best father son combo’s that reached that dream.

The Alomar’s

Sandy Sr. played 15 seasons in the Majors and spent nearly half a century in baseball. He played his entire career for the California Angels. His two sons, Roberto and Sandy Jr., both debuted with the Padres in 1988. Roberto would go on to compile 2,724 hits and 210 homers.  He was also known as one of baseballs top second basemen. He earned induction into the Hall of Fame in 2011. His brother, Sandy Alomar Jr. was a six-time All-Star catcher and still works within the Cleveland Indians organization.

The Alou’s

Felipe Alou played in three All-Star Games as a player, and finished his career with more than 2,100 hits. He played for the San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves and also managed the Expos and Giants, winning 90-plus games three times. Moises Alou had an even more successful playing career than his father, making six All-Star Games and hitting .303 while also winning one World Series with the Marlins in 1997. He played for the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco Giants.

The Bell’s

Gus Bell played his career for the Cincinnati Reds and played in four All-Star games.  He batted .281 and hit 20 plus homeruns 3 times.  Buddy Bell would carry on the family tradition and also appear in four All-Star games while also picking up a string of 6 straight Gold Gloves.  The Bell family didn’t stop there, they also had a third generation in the Majors with David and Mike Bell.

The Bonds

This duo is probably the best father-son duo in sports history.  The Bonds had extremely successful careers with the Giants. Bobby Bonds finished his career with 332 home runs and 461 stolen bases, along with three All-Star appearances. Barry Bonds is by far the most accomplished hitter of his era. He holds controversial records for single-season home runs, career home runs and career walks. Just to make it more interesting Willie Mays was Barry’s God Father.

The Boone’s

The Boone’s have made baseball a bit of a family tradition. Ray Boone had a successful career in the majors, playing 13 seasons and ending his career with a .275 avg. and 2 All-Star games.  His son Bob Boone made four All-Star appearances and won 7 Gold Gloves behind the plate. Bob had two sons, Aaron and Bret that both had solid careers.  Bret was a 3 time All-Star and 4 Gold Gloves.  Aaron Boone is probably best remembered for his pennant winning, walk-off homerun in 2003 to defeat the Boston Red Sox.

The Fielders

When you think about passing your genes to your son you have to take a look at the Fielder’sCecil Fielder hit 30 plus homeruns six times, including 51 in 1990 and 44 in 1991.  His son Prince inherited the raw power from his father.  Prince hit 50 homeruns in 2007 and had 6 consecutive seasons with at least 30 homers.  It is rumored that Prince used to hit them out of Tigers stadium when he was 12 years old.

The Griffey’s

Ken Griffey senior had a very long career in the major leagues.  This allowed him to stay around long enough to see his son, Ken Griffey Jr. get drafted and join him.  The first father and son teammates in MLB history would do something amazing on September 14, 1990.  The Griffey’s would step to the plate and hit back to back homeruns.  This truly was an example of ‘Like Father Like Son.”  Junior would go on to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.

The dream of being an All-Star father and son in the big leagues has been achieved by some and a few I didn’t name.  As we honor our Fathers today on this Father’s Day 2016 let us remember

“you don’t have to be a Major league ball player to be an All-star father.  You just have to be a father that is doing his best to be an All-Star dad.”

Thanks Dad.

Happy Fathers Day to all the true All-Star dad’s out there taking care of business.