Hairston come from a large family of baseball players. He is the son of Sam Hairston, brother of Johnny Hairston (who signed him to his Major League contract), and the father of current major leaguers Jerry Hairston, Jr of the Washington Nationals and Scott Hairston of the New York Mets. He is currently the hitting coach for the Bristol White Sox. During his 14-year career, Hairston specialized as a pinch hitter, with a majority of his 859 games being in that role.
Hairston played 14 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Chicago White Sox and part of one season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also played three years (from 1978 to 1980) with Durango of the Mexican League. While playing in Mexico, Hairston won a batting title and twice represented Mexican League teams at the Caribbean Series. He met his wife, Esperanza, in Hermosillo, Mexico and the couple held a wedding ceremony at Hector Espino Stadium.
The Hairston family is one of only three families (along with the Boone family and the Bell family) to have had three generations of major league players.
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