A friend and I were recently discussing the Braves’ amazing success culling young players from the Atlanta area, and we noticed that their budding ace, Tommy Hanson, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He grew up in California, but that’s immaterial.
The brothers Hanson from the eponymous pop band “Hanson” — not to be confused with the Hanson Brothers — are also from Tulsa. And Tommy Hanson bears some vague likeness, at least in his coloring, to the boys responsible for “MMMBop.”
There’s no evidence on the Internet that Tommy Hanson is related to Hanson the band, but if either comes up in conversation, I strongly suggest you insist that they’re first cousins.
No one would believe that Tommy Hanson is the fourth Hanson brother, both because his family moved to California and because we would certainly hear about it more often if he were. But I think first-cousin is believable.
So you heard it here first: Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson is first cousins with Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson of Hanson. Tell your friends.