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Celebrating Father's Day with the Best Father-Son Tandems Baseball Has Witnessed

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It's a rarity in baseball for a second generation to join their fathers as accomplished major league players. Obviously, it even more uncommon for a third generation to accomplish the feat.

Nonetheless, there are the chosen few who have graced the same major league fields as their fathers and grandfathers.

This Father's Day, it's appropriate to celebrate the top 10 best father-son (and in some cases, grandson) tandems who ever took to the field.

10. Jim Hegan/Mike Hegan

While they will never be confused for Hall of Famers by their offensive numbers, the Hegans had something in common -- longevity. Father Jim, a catcher, played 20 years (1941 to 1960) while son Mike, an outfielder/first baseman, played 14 (1964 to 1977). Both were All-Star selections and won World Series championships.

9. Randy Hundley/Todd Hundley

What makes the Hundleys so special of the father-son tandems is both were catchers, a feat repeated by few in the category. Both Randy (1964 to 1977) and Todd (1990 to 2003) played 14 years. Together, they combined for 284 homers and 980 runs batted in.

8. Mel Stottlemyre/Todd Stottlemyre

The elder Stottlemyre (1964 to 1974) won 164 games while posting a lifetime ERA of 2.94. Todd (1988 to 2002) won 138 games with a career 4.28 ERA. Combined, they struck out 2,844 batters and have seven World Series championships. Mel's other son, Mel Jr., had a brief major league career (1990) with the Kansas City Royals.

7. Ray Boone/Bob Boone/Aaron Boone and Brett Boone

Three generations of Boones graced the baseball diamond. Astonishingly, there are 59 years of major league service between the four of them. Ray (1948 to 1960) was an infielder who hit 151 career homers and drove in 737 runs. Son Bob (1972-1990) was primarily a catcher who played 2,225 games, winning seven Gold Gloves. Grandson Aaron (1997-2009) played a majority of his career at third base and is best known for one of the most famous walk-off homers in baseball history as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. Brett (1992 to 2005) hit 252 homers, driving in 1,021 primarily as a second baseman.

6. Gus Bell/Buddy Bell

Gus Bell (1950 to 1964) was a four time All-Star outfielder. His son, Buddy (1972 to 1989), won six Gold Gloves at third base. They combined for 736 doubles, 407 home runs, and 2,048 run batted in. Grandsons Mike and David also played in the majors.

5. Felipe Alou/ Moises Alou

Father Felipe (1958 to 1974) and son Moises (1990 to 2008) were both outfielders and feared offensive players in their prime. They both possessed the ability to contribute at bat or running the bases. The tandem doubled 780 times, tripled another 88, hammered 538 home runs, drove in 2,139 runs and stole 208 bases. Collectively, they made nine All-Star appearances.

4. Sandy Alomar Sr./ Roberto Alomar/ Sandy Alomar Jr.

Sandy Sr. (1964 to 1978) was a highly regarded defensive second baseman but lacked the offensive prowess of his sons. Roberto (a Hall of Famer who played from 1988 to 2004) was a 12-time All-Star who owned a career .300 batting average. He hit 210 home runs and stole 474 bases while accumulating 10 Gold Gloves. Meanwhile, Sandy Jr. (1988 to 2007) was a well-respected catcher who was a six-time All-Star and career .274 hitter.

3. Cecil Fielder/ Prince Fielder

Both first baseman, the Fielders are all about power. Cecil (1985 to 1998) led the American League in home runs twice. Thus far, Prince (2005 to present) has one home run title to his credit. To date, they have combined for 558 home runs and 1,699 runs driven in. Given Prince is just 28 years of age, combining for 800 homers and 2,500 RBIs is not out of the question.

2. Ken Griffey Sr./Ken Griffey Jr.

Both Griffey Sr. (1973 to 1991) and Griffey Jr.(1989 to 2010) were complete offensive ballplayers. Between them they share 13 All-Star appearances. The father-son duo combined for an astonishing 1,785 extra-base hits (782 homers) and 2,695 runs batted in. They swiped 384 bases between them. Ken Sr. won two World Series with the Reds. Ken Jr. owns 10 Gold Gloves.

1. Bobby Bonds/Barry Bonds

Bobby (1968 to 1981) and Barry (1986 to 2007) are the premier power hitting father-son tandem. They hit 1,094 homers and drove in 3,020 runs. Collectively, they accumulated an incredible 11 Gold Gloves and made a total of 17 all-star appearances. Barry owns the major league records for career home runs (762), walks (2,558), and single season home runs (73).

Sources:

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Robert Watkins is former investment professional and partner. A native New Yorker until 9/11, he considers Pa. his adoptive home. A passionate Yankees fan and Pennsylvania sports enthusiast, Robert is a frequent contributor to Yahoo! Sports and News.

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