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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Brother vs. brother in pro sports history

By ESPN Stats & Information

Jim and John Harbaugh will meet for the second time when they face each other in the Super Bowl in New Orleans, and it'll be another case of the HarBros making history.

They are the only set of brother head coaches to square off in any NFL game; they faced each other last season in Week 12. They also will become the first brothers to compete in a postseason game as head coaches in any of the four major North American pro sports (NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB).

However, there have been nine other sets of brothers in the three other major pro sports to face each other as head coaches. Here's how every pair has fared against each other:

NBA

Herb Brown* vs. Larry Brown
Leader: Larry, 4-2
Herb and Larry Brown
Herb: Pistons (1975-78). Larry: Nuggets (1974-79, ABA and NBA); Nets ('81-83); Spurs ('88-92); Clippers ('92-93); Pacers ('93-97); Sixers ('97-2003); Pistons ('03-05); Knicks ('05-06); Bobcats ('08-11).

Jeff Van Gundy vs. Stan Van Gundy*
Leader: Stan, 3-2
Jeff and Stan Van Gundy
Jeff: Knicks (1995-2002); Rockets ('03-07). Stan: Heat ('03-06); Magic ('07-12).

MLB

Harry Wright* vs. George Wright
Leader: George, 8-4
George and Harry Wright of Major League Baseball
George: Providence Grays (1879). Harry: Boston Red Stockings (1871-81); Grays ('82-83); Philadelphia Quakers/Phillies ('84-93).

NHL

Bryan Murray* vs. Terry Murray
Leader: Terry, 5-4-0
Bryan Murray, Terry Murray
Bryan: Capitals (1981-90); Red Wings ('90-93); Panthers ('97-98); Ducks ('01-02); Senators ('05-08). Terry: Capitals ('90-94); Flyers ('94-97); Panthers ('98-01); Kings ('08-11).

Johnny Wilson* vs. Larry Wilson
Leader: Johnny, 2-0-0
Johnny and Larry Wilson
Johnny: Kings (1969-70); Red Wings ('71-73); Rockies ('76-77); Penguins ('77-80). Larry: Wings (1976-77).

Muzz Patrick vs. Lynn Patrick*
Leader: Lynn, 6-5-2
Murray 'Muzz' Patrick, and Lynn Patrick
Muzz: Rangers (1953-55, '59-60, '62-63). Lynn: Rangers (1948-50); Bruins ('50-55); Blues ('67-68, '74-76).
Darryl Sutter vs. Brian Sutter*
Leader: Darryl 13-9-7
Darryl and Brian Sutter
Darryl: Blackhawks (1992-95); Sharks (1997-2002); Flames ('02-06); Kings ('11-current). Brian: Blues (1988-92); Bruins ('92-95); Flames (1997-2000); Blackhawks ('01-04).
Darryl Sutter* vs. Brent Sutter
Leader: Darryl 2-1-1
Darryl Sutter, Brent Sutter
Brent: Devils (2007-09); Flames ('09-12).
Darryl Sutter* vs. Duane Sutter
Leader: Darryl, 1-0-1
Darryl Sutter, Duane Sutter
Duane: Panthers (2000-02).

NFL

Jim Harbaugh vs. John Harbaugh*
Leader: John, 1-0
John and Jim Harbaugh
Jim: 49ers (2011-present). John: Ravens (2008-present).
*Older brother