A Brief History
On October 3, 1986, Vince DiMaggio died, the eldest of the three DiMaggio brothers of major league baseball, the others being Dom and the most famous, Joltin’ Joe.
Joe DiMaggio is of course one of the all-time greats, while Dom was pretty good, making seven All Star teams, while Vince was more average. All three played center field. Are these brothers the best in baseball history? We list a few other brother sets for you to pick from out of the 275 sets of brothers in MLB history.
Paul and Lloyd Waner, the second pair of brothers elected into the Hall of Fame, with over 5,600 hits between them.
Phil and Joe Niekro, both pitchers, with an astounding 539 wins between them.
Gaylord and Jim Perry, both pitchers, with 529 wins between them.
As several Hall of Fame inductees have brothers that played MLB, who would you add to this list?
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For more information, please see…
Parker, Clifton Blue. Big and Little Poison: Paul and Lloyd Waner, Baseball Brothers. McFarland, 2015.
Sharp, Arthur. Brothers In Baseball. History Publishing Company LLC, 2019.
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