For many professional baseball players, the love for the sport and their athletic abilities run in the family.
MLB siblings have competed both together as teammates and separately as rivals.
Here are just a few of the many brothers who have played in the MLB over the years.
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- Joe DiMaggio, Dom DiMaggio and Vince DiMaggio
- Paul Waner and Lloyd Waner
- Pedro Martínez and Ramón Martínez
- Phil Niekro and Joe Niekro
- Gaylord Perry and Jim Perry
- Felipe Alou, Matty Alou and Jesús Alou
- Ken Boyer, Clete Boyer and Cloyd Boyer
- Wes Ferrell and Rick Ferrell
- Aaron Nola and Austin Nola
1. Joe DiMaggio, Dom DiMaggio and Vince DiMaggio
The DiMaggio brothers are some of the most well-known baseball brothers in history. The trio played in the 1930s through 1950s. All three of the brothers were successful during their baseball careers and each of them played center field.
Joe, the eldest of the three, played for the New York Yankees for all 13 years of his baseball career. He was a legendary athlete and was a nine-time World Series champion. He missed three seasons with the team when he served in World War II, from 1943-1945.
Vince moved around quite a bit between teams. He played for a total of ten years between the Boston Bees, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants.
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The youngest brother, Dom spent his 11-year career with the Boston Red Sox. Like his brother, Dom also fought in the military during World War II. He was stationed in Australia in 1944 and remained there for the rest of the war which ended in 1945.
2. Paul Waner and Lloyd Waner
The Waner brothers are the only pair who were both inducted into the Hall of Fame. Paul played ball from 1926 until 1945, and Lloyd, the younger of the two, played from 1927 through 1945.
They both spent the majority of their careers together playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
3. Pedro and Ramón Martínez
Pedro and Ramón played together and as rivals during their respective MLB careers.
Pedro and Ramón were both pitchers. They started their careers on the Dodgers, but Pedro was traded to the Montreal Expos. Then, he played for the Boston Red Sox in 1998. In 1999, Ramón left the San Francisco Giants for the Red Sox and once again, played alongside Pedro.
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Pedro ended his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, and Ramón finished with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pedro was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2015.
4. Phil Niekro and Joe Niekro
The Niekro brothers were also pitchers.
Joe brought home a 1987 World Series win with the Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately, Joe and Phil, nicknamed “Knucksie,” were not playing together at this time. The brothers were teammates briefly both for the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees.
Phil was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.
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5. Gaylord Perry and Jim Perry
The Perry brothers were both pitchers and recipients of the Cy Young Award. They were the only brothers to earn the award.
The brothers played against each other only once in their MLB careers, in 1973, when Gaylord played for the Cleveland Indians and Jim played for the Detroit Tigers.
6. Felipe Alou, Matty Alou and Jesús Alou
The Alou brothers all played outfield in the MLB. They made history when they all played outfield during a San Francisco Giants game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 15, 1963.
The Giants played the final two innings of the game with all three brothers. The Giants defeated the Pirates with a final score of 13-5.
7. Ken Boyer, Clete Boyer and Cloyd Boyer
All three Boyers played in the MLB, though Cloyd had the shortest career. He played with the St. Louis Cardinals for his first four seasons and finished his fifth with the Kansas City Athletics.
Ken’s career spanned over 15 years. He played most of his career with the Cardinals and won the World Series with the team in 1964. During this series, he played against his brother, Clete, a New York Yankee.
Clete had the longest career of the siblings, but only by a small margin. He played for 16 seasons with multiple teams including Kansas City Athletics, the Yankees and the Braves.
In 1955, Cloyd and Clete played together on the Kansas City Athletics.
8. Wes Ferrell and Rick Ferrell
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Rick was a catcher and Wes was a pitcher. The brothers played on the Red Sox and the Senators together for a few seasons. Rick found himself behind the plate catching for his little brother, Wes, many times through their careers.
9. Aaron Nola and Austin Nola
Aaron and Austin Nola made history in 2022, in an epic brother versus brother showdown.
During the MLB postseason in 2022, Aaron, the younger of the two, was pitching for Phillies, while his brother Austin, a catcher, was playing for the Padres. This was the first time pitcher/batter brothers faced off against each other in a postseason game.
Their parents, A.J. and Stacie Nola watched from the stands.
Austin found himself at bat against his little brother, during the game. The Padres beat the Phillies in a final score of 8-5.