Top 10 Father-Son Duos In Sports

Jun 14, 2013 -- 2:18pm

Father's Day is right around the corner, and for many boys (and men), it's a time to reflect back on special moments they spent with their dad. Their first camping trip; first time driving a car; first catch. Dad was the one who taught them how to throw a baseball, how to catch a pass, and how to shoot a basketball. But for some, dad just wasn't a fan of sports..he was an expert. So, in keeping with the spirit of Father's Day, here is a list of the "Top 10 Father-Son Duos in Sports" by 


In order to make our list, both the father and son had to have played or competed professionally in North America at some point in the past 50 years, although they need not have been involved in the same sport.

Further, no advantage is given for having more than one successful son, and only the most accomplished son to date is included in the pairing. Finally, those duos ranked the highest are the ones where both the father and son are most equally accomplished, as opposed to those where one member of the pair is far more famous than the other.


Number 10


Felipe & Moises Alou


Felipe hit 206 home runs over 17 seasons, with his best year coming in 1966 when he led the league in runs scored and hits. Felipe retired in 1974, having made three all-star teams.

Son Moises equaled his father's mark in 1998 by making his third all-star squad, and has since been named to three more, the most recent one in 2005. Moises has now been an all-star as a member of five different teams, and has batted over .300 for his 14-season career.

Cool fact: Felipe has now been Moises' manager on two occasions: from 1992 to 1996 in Montreal, and again in 2005 in San Francisco.


Number 9


Dale Earnhardt Sr. & Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Dale Sr. won a record-tying seven NASCAR championships during his career; his 76 wins place him fourth of all time. His career was highlighted by his memorable first victory at the Daytona 500 in 1998. Sadly, the driver of the No. 3 car died after a crash on the final lap at Daytona in 2001.

Dale Jr. has carried on his father's driving legacy, making his debut on the Winston Cup circuit in 2000. In 2003, he finished third in the championship standings, and in 2004, Dale Jr. won the Daytona 500 six years to the day after his father's victory there.

Cool fact: When Dale Sr. and sons Dale Jr. and Kerry all competed in the 2000 Pepsi 400, it marked just the second time a father had raced against two sons.


Number 8


Ken Norton Sr. & Ken Norton Jr.

Boxing and football

The elder Norton won 42 of his 50 career fights, including a victory over Muhammad Ali, and was awarded the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship belt in 1978. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Norton's son, also named Ken, took a different path to fame as an NFL linebacker. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, Ken Jr. played for them between 1988 and 1993, winning two Super Bowls before moving to San Francisco in 1994 and winning one more. He was also named to two Pro Bowls.

Cool fact: Ken Norton Sr. became an actor after his career ended, while Ken Jr. has pursued coaching since he retired.


Number 7


Calvin & Grant Hill

Football and basketball

Calvin was a star running back for the Dallas Cowboys and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. He was second in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage in 1973, scored the third-highest number of touchdowns in the league in 1971, and was a member of the 1971 Super Bowl winners.

Son Grant is the only basketball player on our list, with his 6'8" frame making him more suited to the court than to his father's gridiron. The younger Hill is a six-time all-star, and after a few injury-filled years, he resurrected his career in 2004-05.

Cool fact: When Calvin and his wife were trying to decide what to name their son, "Grant" was suggested by Calvin's Cowboys teammate Roger Staubach.


Number 6


Archie & Peyton Manning


Archie spent much of his career with the terrible New Orleans Saints, never making it to the postseason, but he succeeded personally nonetheless. He was twice named to the Pro Bowl and led the league in pass completions in his second season.

Peyton has surpassed his father's achievements, earning five Pro Bowl nods and passing for over 4,000 yards per season for six straight years. He also broke what many considered to be an unbreakable record, throwing 49 touchdown passes during the 2004 season.

Cool fact: Both Peyton and Archie are in the NFL's Top 50 of all time for passes attempted and completed.


Number 5


Lee & Richard Petty


Lee Petty was NASCAR's first real superstar, winning three drivers' championships between 1954 and 1959. He also won the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Richard Petty shares the record for most drivers' championships, having won seven between 1967 and 1979. He retired in 1992 with 200 career wins (the most ever) and joined his dad in the Hall of Fame in 1997.

Cool fact: Both Pettys were named among the Top 50 NASCAR drivers of all time in 1998.


Number 4


Gordie & Mark Howe


"Mr. Hockey" racked up 1,850 points in the NHL along with another 508 in the WHA, and his 801 goals scored places him second of all time behind Wayne Gretzky. Gordie led the NHL in scoring six times, and also won six Hart trophies as the league's MVP.

Mark tends to be overlooked and just regarded as Gordie's son, but he scored 742 points in 929 NHL games, despite being a defenseman. Mark also played in the WHA, and once led his team in scoring with 107 points.

Cool fact: In the 1979-80 season, Gordie, Mark and Mark's brother Marty all played together for the Hartford Whalers.


Number 3


Ken Griffey Sr. & Ken Griffey Jr.


The elder Griffey was a three-time all-star and two-time World Series winner while playing with the Cincinnati Reds, and finished his career as a .296 hitter, having recorded over 2,100 hits.

Griffey Jr. quickly proved to be better than his old man, earning an all-star nod in his second season and in each of the next 10. Through 2004, "The Kid" had racked up over 500 home runs and even had more hits than his dad.

Cool fact: The Griffeys became the first father-son duo to play on the same team when they appeared together for the Mariners in 1990.


Number 2


Bobby & Brett Hull


The "Golden Jet" racked up 610 goals and 1,170 points in 1,063 NHL games, with all but 27 of those games played with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1957 to 1972. Hull twice won the Hart Trophy as league MVP, and led the NHL in scoring three times before jumping to the WHA.

The "Golden Brett" had a run of three straight seasons between 1989 and 1992, during which he scored over 70 goals in each while playing with the St. Louis Blues. Since then, he's continued to be a scoring machine with 741 career goals, good for third all-time.

Cool fact: The Hulls are the only father-son duo to have each won the Hart Trophy and the Lady Byng Trophy.


Number 1


Bobby & Barry Bonds


Bobby Bonds played for eight different teams over a 14-year career, but he was no journeyman. He recorded five seasons with 30-plus home runs and 30-plus steals, won three Gold Glove awards, and was a three-time all-star.

What can be said about Barry Bonds? Arguably the most feared hitter and most complete player of all time, he is a 13-time all-star, has won seven MVP awards, and is one of only three men to have hit over 700 home runs. With his otherworldly accomplishments and his dad's all-star status, this father-son combination can't be topped.

Cool fact: Bobby Bonds was the first player in baseball history to surpass both 300 home runs and 400 stolen bases. Barry is the only other player to accomplish this feat.


Honorable Mentions

Rick & Brent Barry are the top pro basketball father-son duo, but Brent lacks the numbers to complement his father's and therefore earn them a spot on our list.

Muhammad & Laila Ali would probably be No. 1 on a list of top father-daughter duos, but unfortunately, that's not what we're going for here.

double the talent

While many fathers and sons have played professional sports, there are very few sons who are able to equal their dads' all-star status, or even surpass them. And how about the sons of the sons on our lists, like Barry Bonds' son Nikolai -- will they be able to live up to their fathers' legacies?

Only time will tell.


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