1996 — Father-son McRaes tell how love of game is passed down

Hal McRae (left) had plenty of grist in his career as a top Royals DH for popular baseball cards. Some of his talent rubbed off on outfielder-son Brian McRae (right), pictured in his post-career gig as a radio announcer and executive at Mesa’s Ho Ho Kam Park in 2004.

By on January 18, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features an excerpt of a July 1996 interview with Cubs center fielder Brian McRae and his father, Cincinnati Reds hitting coach Hal McRae, a former top DH with the Kansas City Royals. Like all other father-son baseball combos, the love of the game was easily passed down through good genes and exposure to big-league clubhouses at an early age. The McRaes talk about how one generation helped the next one get going in baseball.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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