Until the Mets picked up Neil Walker in a trade, I didn’t realize how many Major Leaguers he was related to, nor that he had two ties to the Expos.
I read that Neil Walker is taking #20 with the Mets… His father, Tom Walker had pitched for several teams and wore #20 (although only with the Expos).
Neil Walker was unable to wear #20 with the Pirates as it had been retired for Pie Traynor.
It’s unusual for a current player to have a father who played in the 1970’s, so I will point out that Neil was born when Tom was 37 years old and long gone from professional baseball.
I more or less knew about Neil Walker’s father having played in the Majors… But I didn’t know about his Uncle Chip.
Tom Walker’s wife Carolyn is the sister to another former Expos pitcher, Chip Lang. Here’s his 1977 O-Pee-Chee card.
…And the only reason I own Chip Lang’s OPC card is because it’s different from his 1977 Topps card.
Chip Lang pitched 1 game in 1975 and 29 in 1976 and had been an Expos prospect until he suffered the dreaded “sore arm”. I believe that these two cards make up a complete Chip Lang collection.
Not only did I not know about Neil Walker’s Uncle Chip, I didn’t know about his brother-in-law Don… Neil’s sister Carrie married this guy:
Don Kelly has played over 500 games with the Tigers. This past season he appeared in two games with the Marlins before sustaining a ligament tear and having Tommy John surgery. The recovery time is shorter for position players so he could be back in 2016.
I will keep you updated if anyone else related to Neil Walker marries another baseball player.