Just like my dad, a lot of dads out there have taught their kids how to love sports. But for some athletes, their father-son relationship with sports is at another level in that both were a professional athletes. Here are five fathers and sons who left their marks on the sport they both played.
1. Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr.
Same name, same sport, same team. Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. are one of, if not, the most known father-son duo in Major League Baseball. In fact, they made history together. On August 31, 1990, towards the end of Ken Sr.’s career, they became the first father-son pairing to play together for the same team. About two weeks later, they made history again by becoming the only father and son to date who hit back-to-back home runs in a game.
Ken Sr. played in the MLB from 1973 to 1991, winning two World Series rings. He was a three-time All-Star, winning the All-Star Game MVP Award in 1980. The talent improved in the next generation Griffey, as Ken Jr. was a 13-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award Winner, seven-time Silver Slugger, the 1997 AL MVP and a three-time Home Run Derby champion. He was inducted into Cooperstown. He broke Tom Seaver’s record of highest votes earned by a Hall of Famer, earning 99.32 percent of the vote.