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Sharp 7: Weekly sports quiz pays homage to fathers

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    This former LPGA standout once played a round in the tournament known as a the Marathon Classic in a Mud Hens jersey. It was a way to honor her father, who played for the Hens in 1967-68. What is the name if this father-daughter combo?

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Sharpen your sports wits with The Blade’s “Sharp 7,” a weekly trivia quiz designed to test your knowledge on a variety of subjects in the sports world. Today’s focus is on fathers in sports, in honor of Fathers Day Sunday.

1. Let’s start with a famous football family. The father capped a college career that saw him earn election to the College Football Hall of Fame by being the second overall pick in the NFL Draft, and he played 13 seasons in the NFL. But his two sons did him one better: Both were the top pick in the NFL Draft, and both led their teams to two Super Bowl victories. What are the names of the three members of this football family?

2. In baseball history, there are two families that have seen the father and the son each hit at least 300 home runs. The one is Bobby Bonds (332 home runs) and son Barry Bonds (762 home runs). The other father-son combo saw each finish with the same number of home runs, 319. What is the name of this father and son?

3. Who are the only father and son tandem to win the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is presented to the NHL’s most valuable player?

4. The father played two seasons with the Mud Hens (1967-68) and saw action in four games with Detroit in 1966, while the daughter won 17 LPGA titles, including a pair of majors, and was the tour’s player of the year in 1992. What is the name of this father-daughter duo?

5. There are four families that have seen three generations play in MLB. What are the surnames of the four families with three generations of major league baseball players?

6. This father-daughter duo both played basketball, but the daughter far outshone the father. Dad played in the NBA from 1974-85 as a member of the 76ers, Nets, Bucks and Clippers and is one of 44 players in NBA history to record 10 blocked shots in one game. His daughter won an NCAA championship at Tennessee, four Olympic gold medals and a WNBA title with the Indiana Fever in 2001. What is the name of this father and daughter?

7. The birthday “kicker” for June 18: What former Indians catcher was born on this day in 1966? His father also was a former major leaguer.

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1. The father is Archie Manning, and the sons are Peyton and Eli Manning.

2. The father and son combination that saw each finish with the same number of home runs, 319, are former Tigers Cecil (father) and Prince (son) Fielder.

3. Father Bobby Hull won the Hart Trophy, symbolic of the NHL’s most valuable player, in both 1965-66, while son Brett Hull won the Hart Trophy in 1991, making them the only father-son duo in NHL history to achieve that feat.

4. Don Pepper was a member of Mud Hens playoff teams in 1967-68, while Dottie Pepper was the LPGA’s player of the year in 1992.

5. The four families to have three generations of major-league players are the Boone family (grandfather Ray, father Bob, and sons Bret and Aaron), the Bell family (grandfather Gus, father Buddy, and sons David and Mike), the Coleman family (Joe Coleman Sr. and Jr. along with Casey Coleman), and the Hairston family (grandfather Sammy, father Jerry, and sons Jerry Jr. and Scott).

6. The father is Harvey Catchings, and his daughter is Tamika Catchings.

7. Former Indians catcher – and current coach – Sandy Alomar Jr. was born on June 18, 1966. His father, Sandy Alomar Sr., played in the majors, as did his brother, Roberto Alomar.

Contact John Wagner at jwagner@theblade.com419-724-6481, or on Twitter @jwagnerblade.

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