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Monday, September 27, 2021

Brother HRs off brother for first time since ‘75

It’s every younger sibling’s dream—coming up to the plate against your big bro and going deep. Cleveland outfielder Bradley Zimmer can officially say he did so in the big leagues after hitting a solo shot off his older brother Kyle during Monday afternoon’s 8-3 win over Kansas City.

The Royals reliever left an 84.5 mph slider over the plate and 28-year-old Bradley, two years younger than Kyle, did not miss it. It was his eighth homer of the season but probably one he’ll remember for a long time.

“I’d say it’s a mix of emotions,” Bradley Zimmer said. “I don’t necessarily pride myself just because I hit that off of my brother. Hopefully, someday, we’ll be on the same team. I’d like to be on the same team. It was fun. It was a little, I guess, redemption. He got me the first time, so I had to make it even.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2021 at 09:16 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John DiFool2 Posted: September 27, 2021 at 11:05 PM (#6042057)
Since the summary didn't mention who the '75 pair was, I'll guess the Niekro's, tho it could also be the Perry's. Yeah, Joe off of Phil. For the Perry's it could only happen in 1972, the only time they were in the same league, and without the DH.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2021 at 11:15 PM (#6042059)
Yea, the Niekros. Without clicking the link, name the other two brothers to homer off their brothers.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: September 27, 2021 at 11:24 PM (#6042060)
It was 1976, not 1975 (it's Joe's only career dinger, so it was relatively easy to find).

And in '76 (and a few other years that followed), it could have been the more likely Ken and George pairing.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2021 at 12:49 AM (#6042066)
Any father-son combos? I assume not -- tough to pull off obviously given age differences. Tony Armas's career ended 10 years before his son's began for example.
   5. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2021 at 12:55 AM (#6042069)
Without clicking the link, name the other two brothers to homer off their brothers.
I'll guess the Coveleskis.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 28, 2021 at 12:59 AM (#6042070)
Any father-son combos? I assume not -- tough to pull off obviously given age differences.
Have there even been any fathers and sons active at the same time other than the Griffeys? Oh, and I think maybe the Raineses for a few games?
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 28, 2021 at 07:06 AM (#6042076)
Maybe Bob Forsch off Ken?
   8. Rally Posted: September 28, 2021 at 08:04 AM (#6042080)
I was surprised it was the Niekros. My immediate guess was the Bretts.

George was 6-20 off Ken, 2 doubles but no homers. No strikeouts or walks either.
   9. Rally Posted: September 28, 2021 at 08:05 AM (#6042081)
Clemens, but not in the big leagues. Palmeiro also played in the minors with his kid.
   10. AndrewJ Posted: September 28, 2021 at 09:03 AM (#6042093)
Without clicking the link, name the other two brothers to homer off their brothers.

The Reuschels?
   11. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: September 28, 2021 at 09:17 AM (#6042095)
Rick Ferrell off Wes?
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2021 at 09:55 AM (#6042097)
The Ferrells are one. The other is from 1904 and I've never heard of them.
   13. John DiFool2 Posted: September 28, 2021 at 10:20 AM (#6042101)
Jose off of Ozzie.
   14. mathesond Posted: September 28, 2021 at 11:25 AM (#6042108)
The younger Zimmer faced his brother two other times this season, striking out once and walking once.


Seems like a TTO family.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2021 at 05:28 PM (#6042187)
The Reuschels were either teammates or in different leagues during Paul's brief career.
   16. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 28, 2021 at 10:54 PM (#6042260)

Andy Benes had 8 career HRs.

He batted against his brother Alan twice, and went 2/2, but both hits were singles.
   17. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 28, 2021 at 10:57 PM (#6042263)

Cloyd Boyer, who just recently passsed away, only overlapped in the league with his brothers for a year. Clete was a teammate while Ken was in the other league, so they never faced each other.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2021 at 11:06 PM (#6042265)
So what I'm hearing is that most brother/brother combos were pitchers. Not many pitcher/hitter combos out there?
   19. Booey Posted: September 28, 2021 at 11:45 PM (#6042272)
#18 - Well, or both position players. There's been lots of those.

Did Greg and Mike Maddux ever face each other at the plate? Pedro and Ramon Martinez?
   20. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 28, 2021 at 11:55 PM (#6042273)
Robin never faced Larry Yount.
   21. The Honorable Ardo Posted: September 29, 2021 at 01:22 AM (#6042276)
Too bad none of these homers happened in Philadelphia.
   22. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 29, 2021 at 04:05 AM (#6042284)
Greg Maddux had 5 career homers (including one off Kevin Brown), but none against Mike. He was 1/6 against Mike with a single. I can't tell whether Mike ever batted against Greg but he had no career HRs.

Pedro was 0/2 with a walk against Ramon. Ramon was 0/3 against Pedro. Pedro has no career HR and Ramon's only HR came off of Tom Glavine.


I didn't bother checking whether Al and Mark Leiter ever faced each other since neither hit a home run in their careers. I remember Al being particularly bad at the plate.
   23. SoSH U at work Posted: September 29, 2021 at 07:42 AM (#6042288)
I can't tell whether Mike ever batted against Greg but he had no career HRs.


He batted against him at least once, when they faced off when both were rookies. He went 0-1.
   24. djordan Posted: September 29, 2021 at 02:12 PM (#6042366)
For a second, I thought it was the Brett brothers, then remembered that Kenny didn't get back to the AL until '76. Thought about the May brothers (both position players), the Reuschels (same team at the time) and then guessed Niekro. I think that there was a cartoon somewhere in the '77 TOPPS set illustrating this moment.

I didn't remember the Forsch brothers until I started typing this post.
   25. SoSH U at work Posted: September 29, 2021 at 02:59 PM (#6042380)
For a second, I thought it was the Brett brothers, then remembered that Kenny didn't get back to the AL until '76.


Which, if the headline and FA had been correct, you wouldn't have eliminated them. It was 1976 when Joe took Phil yard.
   26. Howie Menckel Posted: September 29, 2021 at 03:24 PM (#6042383)
I think that there was a cartoon somewhere in the '77 TOPPS set illustrating this moment.

the 1977 Topps cartoon on the back of Joe Niekro's card reads, "Chief Nock-A-Homa Dances When Brave players hit home runs in Atlanta Stadium."

the illustration has an Indian w headdress and tomahawk seeming alarmed, as some of the eight baseballs appear to have just beaned him.

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