Former major-league pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre Sr. has his own version of “My Three Sons,” the popular TV show in the 1960s. He had three sons who followed in his footsteps as professional baseball pitchers.
He spent a lengthy career in baseball, first as a pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1964 to 1974. The two-time 20-game winner won 164 career games, while posting an impressive 2.97 ERA, for Yankee teams that were uncharacteristically weak during that timeframe.
A five-time American League All-Star, Stottlemyre then made use of his knowledge of pitching to become the pitching coach for several major league teams, including the Yankees, with whom he helped win four World Series titles (1996, 1998-2000). During his 23-year coaching stint, he also served the New York Mets (including a World Series title in 1986), Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
His son Todd had the most extensive career of the brothers by winning 138 career games over a 14-year career with five major league clubs. Mel Jr. only saw major league action in 1990 for the Kansas City Royals, but is now a big-league pitching coach himself, currently with the Seattle Mariners. Jeff pitched for four minor-league seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization, but never reached the majors.
Mel Sr. has fought cancer on and off since first being diagnosed in 1999. See the link below for a recent article from the New York Daily News about his latest battle.