by Mack Williams
8 September 2015
Bret Hart, the former pro wrestling superstar, used to refer to himself as “the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be” – a description that may apply to two of the combatants in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, Venus & Serena Williams, in terms of being the top sibling pro athletes of all time. Here’s my look at some others that would challenge them for that designation.
(Honorable Mentions: The Howes, Markieff and Marcus Morris, Dick and Tom VanArsdale.)
VII. Cal Ripken, Jr. and Billy Ripken
Cal set a consecutive games record that will never be broken but Billy did not have a similar career. (Excellent analyst on MLB Network, though!)
VI. Hank Aaron and Tommie Aaron
Hank came from the Negro Leagues, broke the Babe’s record and is a legend, but Tommie hit only a small fraction of the homers Hank hit.
V. Dominique Wilkins and Gerald Wilkins
When your brother is The Human Highlight Film, it is easy to be overlooked or forgotten. Gerald averaged 13 points per game, and scored close to 12,000 points.
IV. Phil Niekro and Joe Niekro
Phil is a Hall of Famer and fellow knuckleballer Joe had a very good career, winning well over 200 games.
III. Joe DiMaggio and Dom DiMaggio
Joe had the 56-game hitting streak – a record that, too, will probably never be broken – but Dom was an excellent player in his own right, with a career average of .298.
II. Peyton Manning and Eli Manning
Peyton is thought to be the greatest QB of all time by many. Eli has two Super Bowl rings. How can you top that?
I. Reggie Miller and Cheryl Miller
The only duo both currently enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Cheryl has been called the greatest women’s player ever, and Reggie is arguably the greatest shooter ever. Certainly one of the most entertaining players ever…just ask Spike Lee.