• The Harbaugh Bowl

    Posted by on January 21st, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Via the AP

    The Harbaughs, San Francisco’s Jim and Baltimore’s John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game.

    The game in New Orleans on Feb. 3 was quickly given all manner of nicknames: The Brother Bowl. The Harbaugh Bowl. The Har-Bowl. The Super-Baugh.

    The Harbaughs’ sister, Joani Crean, wrote in a text to The Associated Press: “Overwhelmed with pride for John, Jim and their families! They deserve all that has come their way! Team Harbaugh!”

    As John prepared to coach the Ravens in the AFC championship game Sunday night, he watched on the stadium’s big video screen as Jim’s 49ers wrapped up the NFC championship.

    John looked into a nearby TV camera, smiled broadly and said: “Hey, Jim, congratulations. You did it. You’re a great coach. Love you.”

    Less than four hours later, the Ravens won, too. Some siblings try to beat each other in backyard games. These guys will do it in the biggest game of all.

    Who’s a parent to cheer for?

    During the 2011 regular season, the Harbaughs became the only brothers to coach against each other in any NFL game (the Ravens beat the 49ers 16-6 on Thanksgiving Day that year).

    Has there ever been, in the history of major league baseball, a time where two brothers were managing in the major leagues at the same time? At first blush, I don’t think so…

    Did Marcel Lachemann and Rene Lachemann ever face off on each other?

    Comments on The Harbaugh Bowl

    1. Evan3457
      January 21st, 2013 | 10:31 am

      They both managed in 1994-1996, but Marcel managed the Mariners, and Rene managed the Marlins.

      This was just before interleague started.

      It seems certain they didn’t even face each other in spring training, because the Mariners are in the Cactus League and the Marlins are in the Grapefruit League.

    2. Evan3457
      January 21st, 2013 | 10:32 am

      Sorry, my mistake. Marcel managed the Angels, not the Mariners. Rest of above is correct.

    3. January 21st, 2013 | 10:32 am

      @ Evan3457:
      Good work. Any other possible manager brother combos out there?

    4. Evan3457
      January 21st, 2013 | 10:43 am

      George and Harry Wright managed 12 games against each other in 1879 in the National League.

      Harry led the Boston Red Stockings to a 54-30 and a 2nd place finish, but his brother George beat him out for the pennant, leading the Providence Grays to a 59-25 record and 1st place.

      George also beat Harry 8-4 head to head that season.

      That’s the only brother vs. brother manager matchup I could find in major league history, but my search was brief and not exactly exhaustive.

    5. Evan3457
      January 21st, 2013 | 10:47 am

      George Wright was the starting shortstop for the Grays, a better than average hitter but a very good fielder, if Bref’s Rfield can be believed for play that happened 134 years ago.

      Harry was 44, and his playing career ended in 1877.

    6. Evan3457
      January 21st, 2013 | 10:50 am

      P.S. Got the brother pairing from Baseball Almanac (Brothers in Baseball).

      Got the managerial records from BRef.

      The internet takes a lot a knocks, many of them well-deserved. But can you imagine trying to research this topic 40 years ago? If you weren’t a baseball historian, it’d be hopeless.

    7. January 21st, 2013 | 10:52 am

      @ Evan3457:

      I can never count 19th century “baseball” as baseball like we know it.

      Foul balls were not strikes during this period. A base on balls once required three balls, then nine, then eight, then seven. then six, then back to seven before finally landing at four. Pitching distances were moved from 45 feet to 50 feet to 60.5 feet. For a while, pitchers were prohibited to throw over the shoulder and batters were permitted to call for high or low strikes to be thrown to them. Until 1893, batters were allowed to use a bat that was flat on one side.

      Talk about “a whole different ballgame”!

    8. Raf
      January 21st, 2013 | 1:12 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The internet takes a lot a knocks, many of them well-deserved. But can you imagine trying to research this topic 40 years ago? If you weren’t a baseball historian, it’d be hopeless.

      Yeah. Lot of hours spent in Cooperstown.

      Also props go to people who put this stuff together online, they were the ones poring over the sheets, formatting and uploading the information.

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