In the history of MLB there has only been (so far) four Grandfather-Father-Son combinations: the Boone's, Bell's, Hairston's, and the Coleman's. These posts depict my collection of baseball cards that represent these baseball royalty families.
Gus Bell was the patriarch of a rare three-generation major league family. His son, Buddy, was a third baseman and manager in the majors, and his grandsons, David and Mike, are both former infielders. David is the current manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Gus Bell wore uniform #25 during his nine years with the Cincinnati Reds (the Reds were known as the "Redlegs" during the Cold War years from 1953–58); Buddy Bell wore #25 in tribute to his father during much of his playing and managing career, including his tenure with the Reds. David, named manager of the Reds in 2019, carried on the tradition when he took Cincinnati uniform #25 as well.
When David was named Reds manager, he and Buddy became the fifth father-son pair to serve as major league managers, joining Connie and Earle Mack, George and Dick Sisler (Reds), Bob and Joel Skinner, and Bob (Reds) and Aaron Boone (posted about here).
Gus Bell was a four time All-Star, all during his time with the Reds (1953 - 1961). A middle of the lineup hitter, Bell had over 100 RBIs four times during those years. In Bell's 15-year MLB career, he was a .281 hitter with 1,823 hits, 206 home runs and 942 RBIs in 1,741 games played. Defensively, he recorded a career .985 fielding percentage at all three outfield positions. Gus is a member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
|1961 Topps, card #215.|
|1976 Topps, card #66.|
|1985 Topps, card #131.|
According to Wikipedia, in fielding, "Bell was spectacular and often played far off the third base line, taking many base hits from opposing batters. In Total zone runs (a defensive statistic) he is 9th all time (ahead of Willie Mays) and 2nd among all third baseman (behind Brooks Robinson). His Range factor (another defensive stat) is 5th all-time among 3rd baseman. He was in the top 10 in fielding pct. 10 times and finished first 3 times."
For his MLB career, Mike Bell played in 19 games at third base with the 2000 Cincinnati Reds. In 27 ABs, Mike had 6 hits, including 2 HRs. The Bell's are competing with the Boone's to become the first fourth-generation family. Mike's son, Luke, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Whereas, Ray Boone's great-grandson, Jake (Bret's son, Bob's grandson) was selected in the 2017 draft by the Nationals.
|1986 Donruss, card #447.|
|2001 Pacific, card #466.|
|2009 Minor League Baseball, NNO|
|1998 Grandstand, NNO. Ricky also wore #25 while with the Stampede.|
Next up: The Hairston's.