Lennie Merullo Sr., Grandfather of Three-Generation Baseball Family, Dies at 98

Lennie Merullo, the last living member of the 1945 Chicago Cubs World Series team, died in May at age 98.  He played shortstop for the Cubs from 1941 to 1947, batting .240 for his career.  He was a scout for more than two decades for the Cubs.

His son, Lennie Jr. played in the minors from 1962 to 1964 in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.  On the day Lennie Jr. was born, his father committed three errors in his Cubs’ game, thus earning the nickname “Boots.”

His grandson, Matt Merullo, was a major league player from 1989 to 1995, appearing for the White Sox, Twins, and Indians.

Read more about Lennie Merullo at the link below from the Chicago Sun-Times:


Ed Sprague Coaches His Son at Pacific

Ed Sprague is a two-time World Series ring winner with the Toronto Blue Jays of the 1990s. Now he is coaching his son, Jed, at the University of Pacific, where Jed is a freshman.

Jed is a third-generation player in his family.  His grandfather, Ed Sr., played in the majors from 1968 to 1975 with four different clubs.

Read more about the Sprague father-son combo at the link below from recordnet.com:


Joe Coleman Part of a Three-Generation Baseball Family

Former Major League pitcher Joe H. Coleman’s father and son also appeared in the big leagues, making them one of only five three-generation baseball families in baseball history.

Joseph Howard Coleman appeared in the big leagues from 1965 to 1979, mostly with the Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers. He won 142 games and made the All-Star team in 1972 for the Tigers.

His father, Joseph Patrick Coleman, was also a pitcher in the majors, from 1942 to 1955, including one All-Star season in 1948 with the Philadelphia A’s. He won 52 games during his career.

Casey Coleman is the son of Joseph Howard. He is still active in the big leagues, appearing with the Kansas City Royals for ten games in 2014. He began his major league career in 2010 with the Chicago Cubs.

See related review of Joe H. Coleman’s career at the link below from blessyouboys.com:

Another Kessinger Destined For Shortstop

His last name is certainly familiar to major league baseball circles, and he will also be following a family tradition at Ole Miss, where his father, grandfather and uncle also played college baseball.

Grae Kessinger verbally committed to Ole Miss after his sophomore season in high school. His grandfather Don was an All-American shortstop at Ole Miss and went on to a 16-year career in the big leagues, including six All-Star selections. His father Kevin also played for Ole Miss, followed by a brief minor league career in the Cubs organization. His uncle Keith was also a shortstop who played alongside Kevin at Ole Miss and wound up reaching the big leagues for the Reds in 1993.

See the related profile of Grae Kessinger at the link below from nwaonline.com:

Third Generation Ripken Will Get Opportunity In The Pros

Ryan Ripken, son of baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and grandson of former Major League manager Cal Ripken Sr., was drafted in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.

Ryan will have some big shoes to fill in his attempt to reach the big leagues. His father is a Hall of Famer, and his grandfather was a long-time Baltimore Oriole organization man in various capacities.

See related story about Ryan Ripken at the link below from espn.com:

Hunter Harvey Holding Up The Family Tradition

Hunter Harvey is a second-year pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles organization, following his father’s and brother’s footsteps in pursuit of a professional baseball career. His father, Bryan Harvey, was a two-time All-Star pitcher in the big leagues during 1987 through 1995. His brother Kris reached the Double-A level in the minors, but ended his career in 2012 after eight seasons. Hunter was a first-round draft selection out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Hunter’s grandfather, David Harvey, played ball on a different diamond. He was an Amateur Softball Association National Slow-Pitch Softball Hall of Famer who won five national titles in the ’70s and ’80s.

See related story about Hunter Harvey at the link below from delmarvanow.com:

Yaz Has Ties On Both Sides of Bosox-Orioles Game

Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski recently attended a spring training game between the Red Sox and Orioles. While his allegiances are to his former Red Sox team, he also now pulls for his grandson, Mike, who played in the game for the Orioles that day. Mike, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, was drafted by the Orioles in the 14th round of the 2013 MLB Draft and expects to start the season at the Class A level in the Orioles organization.

See related story about the Yastrzemskis at the link below from seacoastonline.com:

Third-Generation Francona Works in the Angels’ Front-Office

Nick Francona, son of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and grandson of former Major Leaguer Tito Francona, is currently working for the Los Angeles Angels organization in the advance scouting department.

Nick was drafted by the Boston Red Sox out of high school in 2010, but chose to play college baseball. A shoulder injury in college prevented him from pursuing a professional baseball career. He wound up serving in the Marines Corps for 3 1/2 years, doing a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he held a rank of captain.

Now he is pursuing a baseball career in a front-office capacity.

See related story about Nick Francona in the link below from The Redlands Daily Facts:

Jarred Cosart Comes From Baseball Family

Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart made his Major League debut in his hometown of Houston in 2013. His maternal grandfather, Ed Donnelly, played in the majors for the Chicago Cubs in nine games in 1959.

Jarred has two brothers, Jake and Jansen, who are currently playing college baseball at Seminole State College (Fla.)

See story about Jarred at the link below from Astros.com:

Scott Hairston Pays Tribute to Grandfather at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Scott Hairston and other members of the Washington Nationals recently attended an event at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Scott’s grandfather, Sam Hairston, is featured in the Museum in a photo as an Indianapolis Clowns player. The Hairstons are one of only four families to have three generations of players in the Major Leagues.

See attached story in the Washington Post about Scott’s visit: