On April 21, 2010, actor Donald Glover of television's "Community" went on the Jay Leno show.
At the beginning of the interview, Jay Leno said "I figure I gotta check this guy out on the internet. I look up Wikipedia. It says, "Donald Glover, son of famed actor Danny Glover, blah, blah, blah blah, blah."
To this, Donald Glover replied "Yes," and the crowd gave an appreciative round of applause.
Then came the gag: Leno and Glover informed the crowd that Donald is not, in fact, the son of Danny Glover, but people always assume that he is. Donald, it seems, has even had to correct his Wikipedia entry numerous times because it keeps getting changed.
Major League Baseball has similar issues from time to time. For example, Steve and Barry Lyons, who were both born on June 3, 1960, are not brothers.
Let's have a look at the Donald Glover All-Stars: Major League Players Who are Not the Sons of Other Major League Players.
Why you might think Billy is the son of Brett: Because their last name is Butler, and their first names start with "B".
That really is just about it. These two guys could not be less similar. Billy is a stocky defensive liability who hits with doubles power and a high average but hits into tons of double plays.
Brett was a "bunt-to-get-on" hitter who stole lots of bases and hit lots of triples while batting lead-off and playing centerfield.
Brett had 62 career doubles plays ground into in 17 seasons. Billy has eclipsed that mark in just his fourth season, and with 16 already this season might make a run at Brett's career mark in 2010 alone.
Why you would think that Ryan is the son of Frank: Ryan, like Frank, is a giant among men and one of the most powerful hitters in his league. At the same time, neither Ryan nor Frank has ever been fleet of foot.
Of course, Frank was white, and about 50 years older than Ryan.
But you never know.
Why you might think Hanley is Rafael's son: It makes sense from a Jose Uribe/Juan Uribe perspective, with the younger Ramirez following in the older's Ramirez's shoes by playing shortstop.
It also makes sense from a Ken Griffey, Jr./Barry Bonds perspective, in the sense of the son of a long-time, merely solid major league veteran becoming a major league superstar.
Nevertheless, Hanley Ramirez is not the son of Rafael Ramirez.
Why you would think Adam is the son of Andruw: Like a young Andruw Jones, Adam Jones is a young player with developing power and speed, and Gold Glove caliber defense in center field. Plus, Andruw seems totally old enough to have a son in major league baseball despite the fact that he is actually only 33 years old, or only nine years older than Adam.
Nevertheless, Andruw is not Adam's father.
Why you would think Chris is Cory's son: Other than their similar names, they are similar offensive players. Chris has a career .231 batting average and .333 on-base percentage in seven seasons, while Cory had a .241 batting average and .291 on-base percentage in nine seasons.
Why you might think Alex is the son of A.J.: A.J. Burnett is a power pitcher who probably walks too many guys but gets lots of strikeouts while limiting hits. Alex pitches for the Minnesota Twins and also limits hits while giving up a few too many walks.
Plus, Alex's full name is Alex James Burnett, while A.J.'s full name is Allan James Burnett.
But they are not related; in fact, A.J. is only ten years older than Alex.
Why you might think Armando is Andres' son: both their names start with "A"; both are from Venezuela; Galarraga is not a common baseball name.
Tony Armas was a home run basher whose son, Tony Armas, Jr., was a pitcher, so that sort of thing is not unprecedented.
Nevertheless, Armando is not the son of Andres, which makes sense, given that Armando is as long as Andres was wide.
Why you might think Billy is the son of Bill: They have almost the exact same name. Bill is William Joseph Buckner, while Billy is William Jennings Buckner.
And besides, growing up in the late 1980's and early 1990's, you would have thought there would be no way a young baseball player would go by a name that is linked to the worst gaff in baseball history.
Unless they were related.
Why you might think Nick is the third in a line of Hundleys: Nick is a catcher for the Padres and, in his third year, has shown some power by way of his .486 slugging percentage. Both Todd and Randy "Hot Rod" Hundley were power-hitting catchers.
Nevertheless, despite an amazing coincidence, this major league catching Hundley is not related to Todd or Randy.
Nick's actual father, Tim Hundley, is an assistant football coach at UCLA.
Why you might think Mike is the son of Kelly: Because Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley) has suddenly been on the scene after going missing for a couple of decades.
Kelly Leak was the superstar player for the Bad New Bears who outperformed everyone else on the team effortlessly and led the Bears to numerous successes.
Meanwhile, Mike Leake has taken the National League by storm, coming straight to the majors out of Arizona State without throwing a pitch in the minor leagues.
He is currently 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA, both of which easily lead the Cincinnati Reds, and is a major reason why the Reds are making a run at the NL Central division this season.
But alas, Mike Leake is not the son of Kelly Leak.
Their last names aren't even spelled the same.