January 29, 2007

NOW THAT'S A GREAT HEADLINE:

3 Weeks to Pitchers and Molinas (JACK CURRY, 1/29/07, NY Times)

The energetic, young children scampered along a bumpy dirt infield, chased baseballs around an outfield that was missing almost as much grass as it contained and sidestepped a leaning light tower that was a miniature Tower of Pisa. Still, to them, this tattered field in Vega Alta, P.R., is hallowed ground.

Actually, Jesus Rivera Park is sacred to little ones and not-so-little ones because it is a place where three neighborhood legends once played. It is a field where the Molina brothers -- Bengie, José and Yadier, all catchers -- rumbled through the divots as they developed into major leaguers.

From the time they sip their morning coffee until hours after they have eaten dinner, the people who hang around the park can boast that the Molinas stand apart from the 18 other families that have sent at least three brothers to the major leagues.

The three DiMaggio brothers had superb careers and featured one of the most famous Joes to ever hit or throw a ball. The three Alou brothers combined for strong careers during a collective 47 seasons. But only the three Molinas all ended up behind the plate and only they, of all those 18 other groups of brothers, can each claim a World Series championship.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2007 10:00 AM
Comments

All right people. Without going to baseball-reference.com how many of the 18 sets of 3+ brothers can we come up with? So far I have:

-Molina (Yadier, Jose, Benji)
-DiMaggio (Joe, Dom, Vince)
-Alou (Felipe, Matty, Jay)
-Boyer(Ken, Clete, Cloyd)
-Allen(Dick, Ron, Bernie)
-Delahanty (Ed, Jim and 3 others)
-Clarkson (John, 2 brothers and also 2 cousins)

There's a lot of talent in these family groups 3 Hall of Famers (Joe D, John Clarkson, Ed Delahanty) 3 others who have gotten serious HOF support (Ken Boyer, Dick Allen, Dom D) and several other stars.

By the way, Ron Allen is the answer to one of my favorite trivia questions. He is the only player in ML history whose only career hit is a home run.

Posted by: jeff at January 29, 2007 12:21 PM
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