SI Vault
So Long, Sonny Boy
August 19, 2013
There's at least one place where blood is not thicker than water: the front office. Just ask Jake Gilmour
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
August 19, 2013

So Long, Sonny Boy

There's at least one place where blood is not thicker than water: the front office. Just ask Jake Gilmour

View CoverRead All Articles
What athletes are thinking Best dish you can cook Song you cannot stand Favorite cookie Last book you read Most famous person in your cellphone Superpower you wish you had
Manny Pacquiao Boxer Mushroom, onion and tomato omelet Anything with vulgar lyrics Chocolate chip or raisin The Bible Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao Power to heal
Clint Dempsey Sounders, F Gumbo "Call Me Maybe" Chocolate chip A Feast for Crows Andrew Luck Ability to fly
Sue Bird Storm, G Chicken piccata "Sleep On it" Pillsbury Slice and Bake chocolate chip The Hunger Games trilogy Diana Taurasi Invisibility

Last week Doug Gilmour, a Hall of Famer who now is the G.M. of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, traded away his 16-year-old son, Jake, a forward who now is a member of the Niagara IceDogs. While it might sound like a recipe for a very awkward Thanksgiving dinner, dealing away a relative is often done with the kid's best interest at heart. In 1989, Greg Booker was traded by his father-in-law, Padres G.M. Jack McKeon (nicknamed Trader Jack), to the Twins for journeyman pitcher Freddie Toliver. "I'd been hearing the nepotism stuff the whole time I'd been in the organization," says Booker, who is now the pitching coach of the Triple A Syracuse Chiefs. "[The trade] didn't surprise me at all."

There have been several other family trades:

• Eric LaCroix, 1998. With the team struggling, the Avalanche winger actually asked his father, G.M. Pierre, to trade him. "The situation was a little distraction and then became a bigger distraction," said Eric, who was shipped to the Kings.

• Jim Campanis, 1968. One of the first moves Al Campanis made upon becoming G.M. of the Dodgers: off-loading his light-hitting son (a .149 career average to that point) for cash and two minor leaguers.

• Joe Cronin, 1934. Though he was married to owner Clark Griffith's niece, newspapers often referred to Cronin as Griffith's son-in-law. Fearing claims of nepotism would grow—and in a financial pinch—Griffith sold the future Hall of Famer (who was also the team's manager) to the Red Sox for $225,000. And the Senators, who had won the pennant in '33, became the AL's perennial doormat.


[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

+ Pacquiao's omelet secret is to remove the seeds from the tomato and sauté the veggies ahead of time. As for his most famous contact: Jinkee, recently elected vice governer of Sarangani province in the Philippines, also happens to be his wife.

+ "I watched the [Game of Thrones] series, now I'm reading the books," says Dempsey. "I'm a big J.R.R. Tolkien fan—Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit—and I grew up loving Zelda, all that good-versus-evil stuff."