This post will look at a sampling of players whose brothers played a different professional sport simultaneously. Furthermore, I am focusing only on siblings that had cards issued in the same year. Therefore, there may be a numerous sporting brothers, but they had to have simultaneous cards to fit the parameters of this post. Finally, this is not a definitive list. Think of this as a discussion opener, in which your examples will add to the body of knowledge.
The impetus for this post was the recent death of Pumpsie Green. I was unaware until reading his obituary that Pumpsie’s brother-Cornell-played for the Dallas Cowboys. The siblings only overlapped with cards in 1964.
Another set of baseball/football playing brothers were the Kellys-Pat and Leroy. Leroy Kelly was a star running back for the Cleveland Browns in the last 1960s and early 1970s. His younger brother, Pat, was an original Kansas City Royal in 1969 and forged a nice career as a journeyman. The Kelly boys have seven years of dual cards (‘69-’74). Note that a similar cartoon appears on the backs of each brother’s card in 1970.
Contemporary with Pat and Leroy were the athletic duo of Alex Johnson and Ron Johnson. The enigmatic Alex won the AL batting title in 1970, while Ron was an elite running back- twice topping the 1000 yard mark. for the Browns and Giants in the early 1970s.
Mark and Dan McGwire were another set of ‘balling” siblings. The Seattle Seahawks took Dan in the first-round of the 1991 draft out of San Diego State. Unfortunately for Seahawks fans, he was a total bust. Of course, Mark’s supernova stardom quickly shrank into a brown dwarf-much like his post-PED physique.
Like Dan and Mike, I’m sure that Wayne and Terry Kirby tossed spirals and curve balls in the backyard growing up. Both had cards in the early 1990s.
A more recent pigskin and cowhide familial pairing is Matt and Jack Cassel. A 2007 rookie combo card features Patriots quarterback Matt, while Jack’s brief major league career is depicted on a Padres rookie card.
Of course, brother athletes are not confined to baseball and football. Jim Bibby was an excellent starting pitcher for several teams in the 1970s, while brother Henry was plying the hardwood for the Knicks.
As recently as 2017, Golden State Warriors star, Klay Thompson, had a brother-Trayce-pitching for the Dodgers. The other Thompson brother, Mychel, plays in the NBA as well.
To keep you from dozing off, I will mix it up by closing with a brother and sister combination. In 1977 Giants pitcher Randy Moffitt and his superstar sister, Billie Jean King, were featured on cards. Billie Jean shows up in the large format “Sportscaster” card set.
Undoubtedly, there are glaring omissions in this brotherly love-fest. Just remember, the siblings must have cards from the same year. Tim and Dale Berra were not brothers at the same time. (Attempted “Yogism!”)