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 Hairston's may be the biggest major league baseball family. Sam Hairston was the father of MLB players Jerry Hairston, Sr. and Johnny Hairston, and the grandfather of Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Scott Hairston. A son, Sammy Hairston Jr., and three grandsons, Johnny Hairston Jr., Jeff Hairston and Jason Hairston played in the minor leagues. The five Hairston's who have played in the majors are tied for the most ever with the Delahanty brothers.
Sam Hairston was a Negro League baseball and Major League Baseball player. He played for the Birmingham Black Barons and the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues and played part of one season (1951) with the Chicago White Sox as a catcher. In his one MLB season, Sam only appeared in four games. He has 2 hits in 5 ABs.
|1989 ProCards, card #112.|
Jerry Hairston, Sr. had a 14-year career mostly with the White Sox where he specialized as a pinch hitter. In 859 games and 1699 ABs, Jerry Sr. 438 hits, 30 HRs, 205 RBIs, and a lifetime BA of .258. He had more walks than hits (282 vs. 240), and finished with a .362 lifetime OBP. Just want you want from a pinch hitter.
|1974 Topps, card #96.|
Johnny Hairston appeared in four games with the Cubs in 1969, collecting 1 hit in 4 ABs.
|Web picture of a 1969 Topps art card.|
Jerry Hairston, Jr. played sixteen seasons in MLB for the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He played every position except pitcher and catcher during his baseball career. Jerry Jr. finished his MLB career with 1126 hits, 70 HRs, 420 RBIs, and a .257 BA.
|2009 Topps, card, #29.|
Scott Hairston played in 11 MLB seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals. Scott finished his MLB career with 589 hits, 106 HRs, 313 RBIs, and a .242 BA.
|2006 Topps, card #26.|
|2005 Topps 1st Edition, card #693.|
Like the Boone's, Bell's, and Coleman's, the Hairston's are a baseball royalty family.
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