Children of Major Leaguers often get a unique experience and view of the game of baseball from an early age while also being blessed with some choice genes and skill sets that make them all the more prepared to pursue the national pastime as their career of choice.
While plenty of kids of former big leaguers have failed to reach The Show despite giving it their best down on the farm, others have put together lengthy and successful careers as second generation players.
Six father-son tandems (Jim Bagby and Jim Bagby; Earl Averill and Earl Averill Jr.; Tito Francona and Terry Francona; Buddy Bell and David Bell; Dave Duncan and Shelley Duncan; and Cam Carreon and Mark Carreon) have had the privilege of representing the Cleveland Indians organization on the field during their respective careers.
Baseball has often been been characterized as a father-and-son sport, which may be a bit unfair to all of the baseball moms out there watching, cheering, coaching, and keeping score at little league games across the nation each year.
But given that no woman has played Major League Baseball to date, there is a clear connection for some ball players drawing a direct path from their childhoods to baseball diamonds across the country while pursuing the lucrative careers of the professional baseball player.
Baseball and Father’s Day have often gone hand in hand, but this year, the former is nowhere to be found as fathers across the country celebrate the day without the presence of the national pastime.
A total of 240 fathers with Major League Baseball experience have welcomed their own sons into the Show, including 16 fathers who had a pair of sons expand the baseball family tree. Quite a few of those names have spent time in the city of Cleveland during their playing careers.
In honor of the holiday, we take a look at the six proud father-son duos to both wear an Indians’ jersey during their times on a Major League diamond (also, this serves as a good piece of Cleveland Indians trivia to boot).
Today in Juneteenth. For too many people, they had never heard the term until today. Definitions are all over social media as the world learns of the significance of a holiday recognized by some people, but not nearly enough. If you did not know what it is, I am guessing that you have been educated some today.
These are tough times in America. Things were challenging enough as the country tried to process the most appropriate and healthy means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus over the last few months, but attentions shifted gears on May 25, 2020, when George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I use the term ‘murder’ because that is what it was. A violent and overzealous act, carried on for eight minutes and 46 unnecessary seconds, deprived a man of his life and his family of a son, a brother, and a friend. The tragic death put once again a spotlight on the unacceptable and excessive uses of force displayed by some police officers across the United States, but this time, the loss of life did not come without notice. People stood up, people protested, and thankfully most of that came in peaceful order in most circumstances.
Floyd’s death was not unique. And therein lie just one part of the problem at hand.
First baseman George Burns goes a perfect 6-for-6 at the plate, hitting two singles, three doubles, and a triple while driving in a pair, as the Cleveland Indians pummel the first place Detroit Tigers, 16-5, in the first game of a doubleheader.