Countless athletes have later fathered sons who would go on to make their mark in professional sports. However, on this day in 1990 two generations graced the same field.
When Ken Griffey Sr joined Ken Griffey Jr in his debut appearance for the Seattle Mariners, they became the first father-son teammates to feature in the same MLB tie.
They went as far as scoring one after the other, even hitting back-to-back singles in the first innings.
When inquisited post-game, Griffey Sr remarked: “This is the pinnacle for me, something I’m very proud of. You can talk about the ‘76 batting race, the two World Series I played in and the All-Star Games I played in. But this is No. 1. This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
More memorable events on this day:
1968: Gary Sobers makes history after hitting six sixes in one over for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan.
1969: Former world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano dies in a plane crash.
2003: The ninth World Championships in Athletics close in France.
2004: Manchester United complete the £27 million signing of England striker Wayne Rooney from Everton.
Every sport proudly illuminates with the memory of its legendary players. The likes of Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Joe Montana have enjoyed unprecedented success with tantalising performances at the height of their careers. In the hockey-verse, few can boast belonging to the same pedigree as Jean Beliveau.
Born on this day in Quebec, the Canadian would go on to become one of the greatest to grace the ice, establishing himself as the powerhouse of the Montreal Canadiens, winning an astonishing 17 Stanley Cup titles: ten as player and seven as executive.
‘Le Gros Bill’ professionally featured in the Quebec Major Hockey League before joining the NHL, evidencing his talent, resolve and intelligence as an almighty force to be reckoned with. He garnered numerous accolades: two Hart Memorial Trophies, one Art Ross Memorial Trophy, and the inaugural Conn Smythe Trophy.
Following his retirement, Beliveau went through a turbulent period of health-related shortcomings before passing away at aged 83 in December 2014.
More sports stars born on this day:
1971: Padraig Harrington, Ireland’s three-time major winner and Ryder Cup player (45).
1982: Pepe Reina, Spaniard goalkeeper for Italian club Napoli and the national team (34).
1982: Larry Fitzgerald, American wide receiver for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and nine-time Pro Bowler (33).
1988: David Ospina, Colombian goalkeeper for Premier League’s Arsenal and the national team (28).
Ian Botham will have happy memories of this day 37 years ago.
On the first day of the fourth Test against India at the Oval, Botham scored his 1,000th run in Tests to go with his 100 wickets.
The achievement was more remarkable given that is was just his 21st Test match, making him the fastest to do the double.
It meant that he broke the record of India’s Vinoo Mankad, who achieved the same feat in his 23rd match.
The talented all-rounder would then go on to captain his country and become the second player behind Garry Sobers to do the Test triple of 1,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches.
He retired in 1993 with 528 international wickets and 7,313 runs.
Other memorable events on this day:
1991: Mike Powell jumps a massive 8.95m to clinch gold and set a new long jump world record in the World Championships.
1998: Damon Hill registers Jordan team’s maiden Grand Prix win at a rain-soaked Spa-Francorchamps.
2008: St. Helens wins the Challenge Cup with a 28-16 victory over Hull at Wembley.
2015: Manchester City signs Kevin De Bruyne for a club-record fee of £54m.