Golden Opportunity:

Remarkable Careers that Began at McDonald's

Jerry W. Hairston, Jr.

In 2009 World Series (Keith Allison photo) In 2009 World Series (Keith Allison photo)

Hired 1991

"No matter what you want to do in life, you’ve got put all your effort into it."

The Hairston family boasts the most members to have played in major and minor league baseball. Jerry Hairston, Jr.’s, grandfather, father, brother, and uncle have all been professionals, giving Jerry Jr. the additional distinction of being the first African-American to be a third generation major-leaguer. His father insisted he get a job and experience what it’s like to work hard. That’s how Jerry ended up at a McDonald’s, where he learned a couple of lessons that helped him in his career.

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