Father's Day: 6 Most Memorable Father/Child Sports Duos

Happy Father's Day!

Jason Huber
June 17, 2018 - 5:51 pm

A dad can be a big part of one's life. Today, in honor of Father's Day, we take a look at the 6 most memorable father-child duos in U.S. major/professional sports leagues.

Many kids have the opportunity to pick up a baseball bat to swing or football to throw with their father in the backyard, but having the opportunity to play the same sport as them professionally is something not many can say. 

Some have played with each other in the league and others have been together as a coach/player. Many others are recognizable for the success both had in the league at different times. 

These father/child duos are listed in no particular order. Feel free to comment on any others that aren't listed! 


Dell (Father) and Stephen and Seth Curry (Sons) (NBA) 

For all you Charlotteons, this is probably the most recognizable father/son duo in sports. Dell Curry was the all-time leading scorer for the Charlotte Hornets until 2018 and won the 1994 sixth-man of the year. Dell played for five teams and was with the Hornets from 1988 to 1999. Steph Curry is a two-time league MVP, a three-time champion with the Golden State Warriors and has proven to be one of the best shooters in NBA history since being drafted in 2009. Seth Curry is still in the NBA playing with the Dallas Mavericks after a solid four-year career with Duke. Dell is now a TV analyst for the Charlotte Hornets.

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Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. (MLB)

Griffey Sr. played in the MLB for 19 years, but Griffey Jr. helped make the pair one of the most iconic father/son duos in any sports. Griffey Jr finished his career sixth all-time in home-runs with over 600. The two were fortunate enough to play on the same team in 1990 and 1991 for the Seattle Mariners. Their most memorable moment was hitting back-to-back home runs. Junior ended up making the baseball Hall of Fame. 

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Archie Manning (Father) and Eli and Peyton Manning (Sons) (NFL) 

Before the Manning brothers became Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, their father, Archie Manning played with a bad New Orleans Saints team throughout his career and still threw for over 20,000 passing career yards. Peyton finished his career with two Super Bowl titles with the Colts and Broncos and is the all-time leader in passing touchdowns. Eli Manning is still in the league and has spent his entire career with the New York Giants, also picking up two Super Bowl titles and Super Bowl MVPs on the way. 

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Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)

Two of the most recognizable drivers in NASCAR history were born and raised in North Carolina. Senior is one of the top drivers of all-time, winning 7 Winston Cup championships, tying for third all-time. Before dying in a horrible race crash in 2001, senior and junior raced together multiple times and combined for 147 wins throughout their careers. 


Muhammad (Father) and Laila Ali (Daughter) (Boxing)

As the only father/daughter combo on this list, the two could not be left off. Muhammad is arguably the best fighter of all-time as a three-time heavyweight champion. Laila, his daughter, followed her father's footsteps as one of the most accomplished female boxers ever. She never lost a fight and combined with her father for a 90-5 career record. 


Doc (Father) and Austin Rivers (Son) (NBA)

These two also have North Carolina ties with Austin Rivers having a great year at Duke. Doc Rivers played in the NBA for 13 years before making a name for himself as a head coach and winning the NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2008. After a short but solid career at Duke, Austin Rivers was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans in 2012. Since then, Rivers was traded to and then signed an extension with the Los Angeles Clippers where his father now coaches, bringing them back together. 

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