Top 15 Father-Son Combos In Sports History

The 15 Best Father-Son Pro Sports Combos

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With Father's Day on the horizon, we thought it'd be a good idea to take a look back through the years and rank the best father-son combos. There have been many, but in this slideshow we'll take a look at the top 15 in pro sports history.

15. Cecil Fielder & Prince Fielder

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15. Cecil Fielder & Prince Fielder

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This father-son combo is known for the ability to hit the long ball. Cecil went yard 319 times during his career, while Prince has already blasted 288 home runs through his first 10 seasons.

14. Rick Barry & Brent Barry

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14. Rick Barry & Brent Barry

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Rick Barry is an NBA hall-of-famer and considered one of the all-time greats. Brent wasn't exactly the same caliber player, but he had a lengthy NBA career in which he won two titles.

13. Felipe Alou & Moises Alou

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13. Felipe Alou & Moises Alou

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This father-son baseball combo played in nine total All Star games. Felipe won Manager of the Year in 1994 and also managed Moises at the end of their careers in San Francisco.

12. Bob Boone & Bret/Aaron Boone

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12. Bob Boone & Bret/Aaron Boone

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Bob Boone was a four-time All Star and Golden Glove catcher, while he sons also enjoyed lengthy MLB careers with another combined four ASG appearances between them.

11. Bobby Bonds & Barry Bonds

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11. Bobby Bonds & Barry Bonds

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Let's be honest, the Bonds would be ranked higher if it weren't for Barry.** Bobby had a great career without **, winning three Gold Gloves and making three ASG appearances.

10. Mario Andretti & Michael Andretti

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10. Mario Andretti & Michael Andretti

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The Andrettis are no doubt the first family of IndyCar. Michael and Mario have both been to the mountain top, with Mario winning the IndyCar title in 1978 and Michael winning it in 1991.

9. Howie Long & Chris Long

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9. Howie Long & Chris Long

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Howie Long was a hall-of-fame defensive lineman, racking up 84 sacks over the length of his career. Chris Long might be headed to Canton one day as well, as he already has 50 sacks over his first six seasons.

8. Calvin Hill & Grant Hill

8. Calvin Hill & Grant Hill
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8. Calvin Hill & Grant Hill

8. Calvin Hill & Grant Hill

Here we have a split-sport combo. Calvin Hill was a Pro Bowl running back for the Dallas Cowboys, while Grant Hill was an All Star forward in the NBA on seven occasions. Both won Rookie of the Year in their respective sports.

7. Ken Norton Sr. & Ken Norton Jr.

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7. Ken Norton Sr. & Ken Norton Jr.

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The Nortons are another example of a split-sport father-son combo. The elder Norton was a WBC world heavyweight champion boxer who once defeated Muhammad Ali. While the younger Norton was a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and four-time Super Bowl champion.

6. Lee Petty & Richard Petty

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6. Lee Petty & Richard Petty

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Lee Petty is considered a pioneer of NASCAR. He was a three-time Grand National Champion and the inaugural Daytona 500 winner. His son, Richard, is widely considered the NASCAR GOAT.

5. Clay Matthews Jr. & Clay Matthews III

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5. Clay Matthews Jr. & Clay Matthews III

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These two linebackers come from the great Matthews football family. Clay Jr. was a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker during his NFL career, while his son Clay III has already equaled the same amount of Pro Bowls and won Defensive Player of the Year.

4. Ken Griffey Sr. & Ken Griffey Jr.

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4. Ken Griffey Sr. & Ken Griffey Jr.

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If it weren't for injuries, Ken Griffey Jr. might be baseball's Home Run King. But even with a laundry list of injuries he still managed to put together an all-time great career that will land him in the HOF. His father was a three-time All Star who played on the legendary Big Red Machine teams in the 1970s.

3. Dale Earnhardt & Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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3. Dale Earnhardt & Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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This father-son combo might be the most recognizable in the world of sports. Everybody knows the Earnhardts, and for good reason. Dale Sr. may have gone on to be the GOAT if it weren't for his untimely death. Dale Jr. is currently in the midst of his best season after his second Daytona 500 win.

2. Archie Manning & Peyton/Eli Manning

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2. Archie Manning & Peyton/Eli Manning

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While the Mannings aren't a true combo, we'll make an exception since they're all so awesome. Archie had the least successful career of the three QBs, but he also played on some woeful Saints teams in the 70s and 80s. In total the Mannings have made 18 Pro Bowls.

1. Bobby Hull & Brett Hull

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1. Bobby Hull & Brett Hull

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While they may not be the most popular father-son combo in sports history, there's no doubt that they're the best one. Both were multiple time All Stars, Stanley Cup champions and Hart Trophy winners. Successful Father-son combos in sports are rare, MVP-caliber father-son combos are unheard of.


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