Lynch: Double steal: The Mutt and Jeff Bandits

From SABR member Mike Lynch at The National Pastime Museum on February 8, 2016:

Baseball history is replete with brothers who enjoyed successful Major League careers—the DiMaggios, the Alous, Paul and Lloyd Waner, Irish and Bob Meusel, Jim and Gaylord Perry, and Phil and Joe Niekro, to name a handful. Other brothers have served as a punch line: Christy Mathewson won 373 games in a brilliant 17-year career, while his brother Henry appeared in only three games and went 0–1 in a cup of coffee over two seasons. Hank Aaron belted 755 career home runs over 23 seasons and reigned as the all-time home run king for 33 years. Hank’s brother Tommie hit 13 home runs in seven years and never more than eight in a season.

Then there’s Robin and Larry Yount. Robin debuted for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1974 at only 18 and spent the next 20 years building a resume that would see him elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999, his first year on the ballot. The younger Yount played in 2,856 games, amassed 3,142 hits, and won two American League Most Valuable Player Awards while playing two demanding positions, shortstop and center field. Older brother Larry appeared in only one Major League game and is the answer to a trivia question: Who’s the only pitcher to appear in one career Major League game and get credit for an appearance without facing a batter?

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Originally published: February 8, 2016. Last Updated: February 8, 2016.