It’s not uncommon in sports to come across a talented family whose athletic genetics either go on for generations, from father to grandfathers, or are just being developed with the new crops of the family name. Successful athletes who rely on the above to thrive in their desired environments, pursue the self proclaimed competition between themselves, and who they are trying to de-throne, to make sure that they out due anyone else who has ever worn the family name across the back of their jersey.
The best competition isn’t necessarily trying to out-do your old man, however, and live up to his footsteps, but to out due none other than your brother or sister who undoubtedly will turn anything into a competition right down to who your Mama loves the most. While both siblings may strive for the same goals, and believe in their heart they will succeed, there is always one who just doesn’t quite get the gifted perks of the genetic lottery. In the rare case that a miracle happens, and both siblings are athletically skillful and exceptional, praise the sports gods and think hard on which teams jersey your going to get on your way to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We are not looking at that though, we are celebrating those who didn’t quite live up to the family name. Those who were swept to the side and cast in the shadows of their siblings, and all the while still having to endure the puzzling face people most likely gave them upon hearing who their sibling was and the fact they also played at a professional level.
With that, lets give those in question a time to shine with this look at the Top 20 “Other Siblings” In Sports History.
20. Harvey Grant – Brother of Horace
Horace Grant was a stand out Clemson University athlete who was scouted to the Chicago Bulls in the 1987 NBA draft, and went on to play a whopping 17 seasons in the league. He became a NBA All-Star; a four time NBA Champion, and made 14 playoff appearances during his career. Oh, and did I mention he did this all before he turned 40? Did I also mention he had an identical twin brother who was also in the NBA?
Harvey Grant bounced around between colleges before being drafted in the 1988 NBA draft where he eventually bounced around even more where he would go between three different teams in his career. He retired with the Philadelphia 76ers where he averaged 3.1 points per game.
19. Craig Griffey – Brother of Ken Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. was a prominent MLB player during the 1990s where he asserted his dominance at the plate being referred to as one of the best hitters of all time. He made his debut as the 1st overall draft pick in the 1987 draft to the Seattle Mariners, playing a healthy 21 years of ball before being induced into the Hall of Fame. His brother, Craig, was drafted in the 42nd round of the 1991 draft, ending his career in 1997 with a unconditional release at his own request from the Mariners as well. He was playing on their farm team hitting a .217 with no home runs.
18. Wayne Babych – Brother of Dave
Dave Babych, who was best known for his mustache and the 44 on his jersey, went into the 1980 NHL draft where we went 2nd overall to the Winnipeg Jets at just 19 years old. He proceeded to play for another 19 years going from the Hartford Whalers, to the Vancouver Canucks, where he accumulated 723 points total in his lengthy career.
His brother Wayne, also played in the NHL, played his first games on the St. Louis Blues but wasn’t putting up the points, which left him exposed to the waiver draft where Pittsburgh picked him up. After 2 years he was traded again, then again, before being sent down to the minors eventually quitting.
17. Vince and Dom DiMaggio – Brothers of Joe
Joe DiMaggio was made an American icon in baseball after he underwent a staggering 56 game hitting streak, earning a place in history books. He played his 13 year career with the New York Yankees, where he was a 3 time MVP winner and an All-Star for each of his 13 years. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame and won 9 World Series championships.
Younger brothers Dom and Vince, were also in the MLB. Dom played for 10 seasons as center fielder for the Boston Red Sox, and was nicknamed ‘the little professor’ due to the fact that he wore glasses. Vince played for 10 major league seasons and accumulated a .249 batting average.
16. Ralf Schumacher – Brother of Michael
Michael Schumacher is a seven-time world championship Formula 1 driver whose career spanned over 19 seasons. He raced on four teams; Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes and was openly recognized as one of the greatest drivers of all time. His first win was in 1992, and last in 2006.
Younger brother Ralf lived in Michael’s shadow as a driver with zero championships, but six wins.
15. Paul Messier – Brother of Mark
Mark Messier began his career in 1979 on the Edmonton Oilers where he played for 11 seasons before being traded to the New York Rangers, and then the Canucks, and back to the Rangers. During his time he put up 694 goals with 1,193 assists winning multiple awards. An iconic moment for him was capture on camera during the 1994 Stanley Cup finals as he hoisted the cup above his head after scoring the game winning goal, becoming the first player to captain 2 different teams to the Stanley Cup.
Big brother Paul was also a professional hockey player with 13 seasons in both North America and Europe, struggling with only nine games in the NHL then the rest of it going between minor league teams.
14. Jeremy Giambi – Brother of Jason
Jason was a first baseman and designated hitter in the MBL where he played on the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, and Cleveland Indians. He was the American League MVP in 200 and a five time all-star player. Controversy swirled him as he ran into trouble with performance enhancing drugs, where brother Jeremy followed in the same footsteps. Jeremy was known for his hard partying, which was portrayed in the film Moneyball. He had 52 total home runs in his short 5-year career over 4 teams.
13. Chris Getzlaf – Brother of Ryan
Ryan and Chris Getzlaf are Canadian born athletes, and our first pair in separate sports. Better-known Ryan serves as caption of the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL where he also ranks as one of the franchise’s all time leading scorers, as well as a member of the 2010 Winter Olympic gold medal team. Up north, brother Chris, is not as bald, and a receiver on the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. He was a member of two Grey Cup championship teams and a West Division All-Stat for two years in a row.
12. Jamie Murray – Brother of Andy
Andy Murray is a professional tennis player originally from Scotland, and currently ranked number 2 in the world, is the British No. 1, 2012 U.S. Open Champion, 2013 Wimbledon Champion, and finally, reigning Olympic Singles Champion.
Unfortunately, Andy has a younger brother who also chose to pursue tennis and couldn’t quite live up to his older brothers accolades, so he chose to pursue doubles. Jamie, realizes this, and has admitted, “I haven’t got to the level where people are interested in where I walk my dog or anything like that, which is fine by me”.
11. Ozzie Canseco – Brother of Jose
Jose played nearly a 20-year career in the MBL hitting a total of 462 home runs across seven different teams. He got his media attention as he was known “the bad boy of baseball” and “the godfather of steroids”, openly admitting his use of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.
Twin brother Ozzie only played 24 games over a span of three years for simply just two teams. However, they were known to stand in and impersonate each other in more things than you could imagine.
10. Billy Ripken – Brother of Cal Jr.
Cal played in the MLB for a total of 21 years, earning the nickname “iron man”. He set a record for playing 2,632 consecutive games and earned two MVP awards, as well as a World Series title. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2007 and is still active in the league.
Younger brother Billy was overshadowed by his brother with just 20 home runs over his 11 year career, was best known for his controversial player card which was a photo of him posing with the bat over his shoulder and a very colorful message on the base of the bats handle.
9. Taylor Griffin – Brother of Blake
Blake is a power forward for the NBA who played college for the Oklahoma Sooners where he was drafted from 1st overall in the 2009 NBA draft to the Clippers. He has five NBA All-Stars under his belt as well as being Sports Illustrated’s Player of the Year in 2009 and named Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Brother Taylor is also a professional basketball player who played for one season in the NBA before going down to the NBA D-League, and then across the waters to his current team the Pallacanestro Trapani of the Italian Serie A2.
8. Ramon Martinez – Brother of Pedro
Pedro is a Hall of Fame pitcher who led the Boston Red Sox to the 2004 World Series Championship. He made his major league debut with the Dodgers, however he is best known for his 14-year stint on the Red Sox where he brought in 19 wins during his first season there.
Ramon was also a pitcher who played for 13 years total, mostly with the Dodgers and is now a senior advisor in Latin America for the Baltimore Orioles.
7. Marcus Vick – Brother of Michael
Michael is an NFL legend who was scooped up in the 2001 draft by the Atlanta Falcons with a hefty contract for his ability to chuck a ball 80 yards down the playing field. He became the franchise quarterback and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, in the following years his poor-decision making and illegal hobby of dog fighting came to light and he spent 23 moths in jail, returning to the field in 2009. Brother Marcs was also a professional football player who appeared in a game for the Miami Dolphins and played a total of 24 career games at Virginia Tech.
6. Chris and Dan Gronkowski – Brothers of Rob
Rob attended the University of Arizona with a 18.8 yard reception average, which was the best on the team. The New England Patriots of the NFL in the second round drafted him in 2010 were he has gone on to become a household name and hold numerous records both on the field, and most likely in the bar. He has 2 brothers who also held careers in football. Chris signed for a season with the Dallas Cowboys, and then went to the Colts, Broncos, and Chargers over 3 years. Dan was drafted to the Detroit Lions, and played on 3 other teams finishing in 2011 with no touchdowns.
5. Joel Lundqvist – Brother of Henrik
Swedish born Henrik is the face of the New York Rangers between the posts. He is a Vezina Trophy recipient, and is the only goalie in history to record 30 wins in each of his first seven seasons. His nickname is ‘King Henrik’, fitting as he dons crowns on the front of his Swedish hockey jersey in which he let the men’s team to their second ever gold medal win in the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Identical twin brother Joel (scary identical), was selected to the Dallas Stars back in 2000 signing a one year, two way contract with them. He currently resides back in the motherland and serves as captain to his team in the Swedish Hockey League.
4. Jared Staal – Brother of Eric, Marc and Jordan
Eric and Jordan were undoubtedly given the upper hand in this trio of brothers. Eric, the eldest, is the most recognized as he was drafted 2nd overall back in 2003, and is a member of what we like to call the Triple Gold Club, winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, the World Championships in 2007, and the Winter Olympics in 2010. Jordan is an alternate captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Marc has been on the New York Rangers since 2007 with 144 total points.
Youngest brother Jared has had a rough go of it consistently trying to find his place between ECHL and AHL teams. He is now with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.
3. Gary – The Sutter Brothers
Six brothers: Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron all played in the NHL. A combined total of 5,000 games in the NHL and a total of 6 Stanley Cups among themselves granted them the title to this day ‘the royal family of hockey’, who produced a second generation of talent to follow.
However, in the first batch of brothers, a 7th man was often left out of the picture, Gary, as he chose to stay back and work on the family farm while his brothers played in the NHL. It is said though that he was by far the best at hockey out of all of them.
2. Seth Curry – Brother of Steph
Steph Curry is currently the face of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors in particular and has stolen the public’s heart from his record breaking 3 pointers, to his daughter stealing the show at his press conferences. He is a reigning NBA MVP, averaging 31.8 points per game. Younger brother Seth also plays in the NBA on a 2-year deal with the Sacramento Kings yet is not nearly as publicized as Steph. Both are sons of former NBA player Dell Curry.
1. Brent Gretzky – Brother of Wayne
Wayne Gretzky, also known as ‘The Great One’, holds over 100 official and unofficial NHL records, and was the idol to almost every hockey player who grew up wanting to wear the number 99 on their jersey. He played for 20 seasons and is the only player to total over 200 points in one season, and his jersey was retired league wide.
Brent was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning and briefly played there, but was not nearly as successful as Wayne. He lasted 13 games and scored only one goal during his career as ‘not as great one’.
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