Check out these siblings who have made their mark on the sports world.
By Jon Krouner
VENUS and SERENA WILLIAMS
Serena (right) just locked up her fifth Wimbledon Championship – in doubles and singles. Her doubles partner is big sister Venus. Combined, the two have 21 Grand Slam single titles, six Olympic gold medals and two clothing lines.
PEYTON and ELI MANNING
Peyton’s been making headlines for the past year – from his neck injury to his split from the Colts to signing with the Broncos. Meanwhile, younger brother Eli won his second Super Bowl MVP and cemented himself as an “elite” quarterback. There’s never been any doubt about Peyton’s elite status: he’s taken home four NFL MVPs and won one Super Bowl in two appearances.
MARC and PAU GASOL
The seven-foot Spaniards are both products of the Spanish club team, FC Barcelona. Pau, (right), a two-time NBA champion with the Lakers and the third overall pick by the Hawks in the 2001 draft, is the more celebrated of the two. But Marc has proven himself an effective big man over four seasons with the Grizzlies. The brothers will represent their country on Spain’s national team at this summer’s Olympic Games in London.
JOSE, YADIER and BENGIE MOLINA
The Molinas are baseball’s first family of catchers and they have the jewelry to prove it. Youngest brother Yadier has enjoyed the best career of the trio, winning two World Series with the Cardinals (’06, ’12). He’s also a four-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner. Middle brother Jose has also won two World Series rings – with the Angels in ’02 and Yankees in ’09 – but has done so in the backup role he currently occupies for the Rays. Oldest brother Bengie also snagged a ring with the Angels in 2002. He retired after the 2010 season.
HOLLEY and NICK MANGOLD
Nick’s used to media attention as a former All-Big Ten center for Ohio State and current All-Pro center for the Jets. But it’s his sister, Holley who’s the one drawing notice of late. The 23-year-old has made headlines as she prepares to represent the U.S. as a weightlifter in this summer’s Olympic Games in London. The Olympics overlap with Jets training camp, however, and Nick said he didn’t feel right leaving the team in the middle of camp.
REGGIE and CHERYL MILLER
“Knick Killer” Reggie Miller will be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year after hitting the second-most three-pointers in NBA history. His sister Cheryl is a member of the basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Both are currently commentators for the NBA on TNT.
DEVIN and JASON MCCOURTY
The McCourty twins from Nyack, New York shared a defensive backfield while at Rutgers University. Jason left after his junior season and was drafted in the 6th round by the Titans in 2009. He has two interceptions in each of the last two seasons after being shut out in his rookie year. Devin played four years at Rutgers and was drafted 27th overall by the Patriots in 2010. He has nine interceptions in his career, including seven in his rookie season.
JEREMY and JASON GIAMBI
Jason (right) had 428 home runs heading into the 2012 season, including 209 in seven seasons with the Yankees. In 2000, Jason hit 43 home runs and drove in 137 runs to win the American League MVP award. Younger brother Jeremy will be most remembered for failing to slide in the Derek Jeter flip-play during the 2001 ALDS. He hit .263 with a .377 on-base percentage in six seasons.
VINCE, JOE and DOM DIMAGGIO
“Joltin’ Joe” (center) not only married Marilyn Monroe, but was mentioned in the classic Simon & Garfunkel song, “Mrs. Robinson.” Oh, the “Yankee Clipper” also won three MVPs, hit in 56 straight games and served in the military for three years in the middle of his career. The youngest brother Dom played 11 seasons in Boston, sharing an outfield with Ted Williams. He made seven All-Star teams despite needing to compete in an open tryout to make a minor league team. The oldest brother Vince played 10 Major League seasons that included two All-Star selections.
PHIL and JOE NIEKRO
The knuckleball brothers used the pitch to fashion long, impressive Major League careers. Phil pitched for 24 seasons – 21 with the Braves – while Joe pitched in 22 seasons, including 11 with the Astros. Phil is in the Baseball Hall of Fame with 318 wins. Joe won a very respectable 221 games, but also lost 204. Joe’s son Lance is a former Major Leaguer who last played with the Giants in 2007.
STERLING and SHANNON SHARPE
Both Sharpes are NFL greats who traveled different paths to stardom. Sterling (left) was a celebrated wide receiver out of South Carolina who was drafted 7th overall by the Packers in 1988. He was named an All-Pro five times before being forced to retire due to a neck injury. Shannon attended tiny Savannah State and was selected in the 7th round (192nd overall) by the Broncos. Shannon overcame long odds to retire as the all time tight end leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns (Tony Gonzalez has since surpassed Sharpe in each category). Sharpe was inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame in 2011.Both are current NFL commentators.
PATRICK and JOHN MCENROE
Patrick (left) never ascended higher than the 35th ranked player in the world, but did manage to win one French Open doubles title. Johnny Mac, known for his brash temper, won 17 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles, including three Wimbledon singles titles from 1981-84. The two currently volley one-liners back and forth while sharing an ESPN broadcast booth. John also runs a tennis academy on Randall’s Island.
JORDAN, ERIC, and MARC STAAL
The Staals breed hockey players like swamps do mosquitoes. Eric (center) is the oldest brother and the only one to lift the Stanley Cup, which he did with the Hurricanes in 2006. Marc (right) is a defenseman for the Rangers; Jordan (left) recently joined Eric on the Hurricanes after being traded from the Penguins. The youngest brother, Jared, (not pictured), is toiling in the AHL.
B.J. and JUSTIN UPTON
“Bossman Junior”, or B.J., is the family’s speed threat, having stolen over 200 bases in his first seven seasons. Younger brother Justin, (right), is the power threat after hitting 90 homers in his first four seasons before slogging through an early power drought in 2012. B.J. is no slouch at the plate though. He has 96 home runs in his career, including seasons of 24 and 23 homers.
HENRIK and DANIEL SEDIN
The Sedins are not only identical twins but linemates for the Vancouver Canucks. In fact, the two look so much alike that there’s a website devoted to telling them apart — http://danielorhenrik.com. In their 11 year careers, Henrik’s tallied 747 points to his brother’s 718 points. But Daniel (right) has scored 108 more goals through the 2011-12 season.
HAL and HANK STEINBRENNER
The Steinbrenner brothers, Hal (left) and Hank took control of the Yankees following their father George’s death in 2010. Since then there have been significant growing pains, including reported indecision over whether to bring back general manager Brian Cashman and rumors of a sale of the team last spring. But, like their father, the Steinbrenners have shown an unmatched willingness to open their wallets to ensure the success of the franchise and their valuable television network, YES.
JESUS, MATTY and FELIPE ALOU
Felipe (right) put together a strong MLB career. He compiled a .286 average and made three All-Star teams in 17 seasons. He spent six year stretches – the most productive of his career – with the Giants and Braves. He would go on to manage the Expos and Giants for a combined 14 seasons. Matty, (center) who played 15 years in the Majors, was a two-time All-Star selection with the Pirates and hit .307 in his career. Jesus (left) also played 15 years, hitting .280 with 377 stolen bases. In fact, the brothers were all on the Giants in 1963 when they played in eight games together, even sharing the same outfield, according to The New York Times.
ROBIN and BROOK LOPEZ
The Lopez twins attended Stanford University and both left for the NBA after their sophomore seasons. Brook (right) starred for the Cardinal while Robin contributed in a supporting role. The two have continued in a similar vein during their four-year NBA careers. Robin comes off the bench for the Suns and Brook has emerged as one of the top-scoring big men in the game. The Nets center averages 17.4 points per game and 7.5 rebounds, but played just five games in 2011-12 after breaking his right foot. Brook recently signed a four-year, $61 million deal to stay with the Nets.
RONDE and TIKI BARBER
The Barber twins both attended and starred at the University of Virginia before being selected in the 1997 NFL Draft. Tiki (right) holds 16 Giants rushing records, but retired in 2006 to pursue a career as a broadcaster. Meanwhile, 36-year-old Ronde is still plugging away in the Tampa Bay Bucs defensive backfield. He’s racked up 43 interceptions, three All-Pro selections and one Super Bowl ring (XXXVII) in his 15-year career.
ERIC and BRETT LINDROS
Eric’s (left) glory days came with the Flyers when he made the All-Star team in six out of nine seasons from 1992-00. He followed with five less productive seasons as a Ranger, Star and Maple Leaf before retiring following the 2006-7 season. Brett retired after suffering numerous concussions and only played 51 games for the Islanders.