Contributed by Richard Cuicchi
Scott Hairston recently signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox for the 2016 season. If he makes the Opening Day roster, he would become the third member of the Hairston family to play for the White Sox in three different generations.
Only one other family can claim this distinction. The three-generation Bell family–Gus, Buddy, and Mike Bell–accomplished this with the Cincinnati Reds.
Scott made his major league debut in 2004 and had played for six different teams, the last being the Washington Nationals in 2014.
Scott’s grandfather, Sam Hairston Sr., briefly played for the White Sox in 1951, as one of the first African-American players for that organization. Sam had previously played in the Negro Leagues.
Scott’s father, Jerry Hairston Sr. played fourteen seasons with the White Sox from 1973 to 1989.
Scott’s brother, Jerry Hairston Jr., had a 16-year major league career ending in 2013.
Altogether the Hairston family has had ten members play professionally or be drafted by major league teams.
I previously wrote about the Hairston family in my book Family Ties: A Comprehensive Collection of Facts and Trivia About Baseball’s Relatives, where I labeled them the “First Family of Baseball”.