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3 Generation Baseball Families - Coleman

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.

The Coleman's.
Joseph Patrick Coleman, played in MLB from 1942 to 1955 for the Philadelphia Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. He was the father of Joe Coleman, a MLB pitcher for 15 seasons from 1965 to 1979 (and a two-time 20-game winner), and the grandfather of Casey Coleman, a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, and most recently with the Syracuse Mets. All three generations of the Coleman's were/are pitchers.

In 10 seasons, Joseph Patrick had a 52–76 Win–Loss record in 223 Games. He started 140 games  and completed 60 with 11 shutouts. He finished with a 4.38 ERA. He was selected to the All-Star team in 1948. Coleman missed the 1943–1945 seasons while serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Coleman enlisted in the Navy's Aviation Cadet Training Program.

1976 Topps, card #68.

1951 Bowman, card #12.

Joseph Howard Coleman played in MLB from 1965 to 1979 with the Washington Senators (1965–70), Detroit Tigers (1971–76), Chicago Cubs (1976), Oakland Athletics (1977–78), Toronto Blue Jays (1978), San Francisco Giants (1979) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1979). He compiled a 142–135 lifetime won-loss record and 3.70 ERA in 484 major league games. From 1971 - 1973. Joseph Howard AVERAGED 21 wins, 39 games started, 285 innings, and a 3.16 ERA. He made the All-Star team in 1972.

1973 Topps, card #120 (scanner doesn't like the '73s - Grrrr).

Casey Coleman has (so far) pitched in four MLB seasons, most recently in 2014. During that time, he has an 8 - 13 won-loss record (splitting his time between starting and relief), 5.75 ERA in 58 games (177.2 innings). Casey has toiled in the minor leagues since, most recently with the Syracuse Mets.

2011 Topps 60 Years of Collecting, card #US307, no. 0905/2011.

2019 Choice SportsCards, Syracuse Mets, card #05.

The Coleman's joined the Boone's, Bell's, and Hairston's as three-generation MLB royalty families.

Thanks for visiting. Be well,
CinciCuse Bill


  1. Never would have guessed the Colemans.

    1. Right. We hear about the Boone's and Bell's, but the Hairston's and Colemen's were new to me too.


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