Ken Griffey Jr – Adding The Perfect Swing To The Collection

Pulling a Baseball Legend Who Redefined the Game

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“Junior” and “the Kid” was in the MLB for 22 years, spending most of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, as well as a short stint with the Chicago White Sox. He was a 13 time All Star and his 630 lifetime home runs is the 7th most in MLB history. Known to have been born with a “Perfect swing“, Ken Griffey Jr wasn’t just a baseball pedigree, he was a prodigy.

 

Junior grew up in Cincinnati, as his father played for the Reds, where he attended Archbishop Moeller High School, the same high school as his future teammate Barry Larkin. He excelled at baseball in High School, winning the U.S high school baseball player of the year in 1987 and hitting .478 with 17 home runs in his two seasons playing.

 

The Kid also played wide receiver at Archbishop Moeller, and got many scholarship offers to play college football for big name programs like Oklahoma and Michigan. Instead, Griffey was the number one overall selection by the Seattle Mariners during the 1987 MLB draft.

 

A few days later he joined the Bellingham Mariners of the Northwest League, a Class A Short Season minor league, and made his debut on June 16, 1987. During the remainder of that season, he hit .313 with 14 home runs, 40 RBIs, and 13 steals, with Baseball America magazine naming him the league’s number one major league prospect.

 

The next season, Griffey joined the San Bernardino Spirit of the Class A-Advanced California League and was promoted to the Vermont Mariners of the Class AA Eastern League later that season. Then, on April 3, 1989, in his very first MLB plate appearance, he hit a line-drive double off Oakland Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart at the Oakland Coliseum. One week later, in his first at-bat at the Kingdome, he hit his first homer, and the rest is history.

 

Known not only for his hitting, his defense is also legendary, with 10 Gold Glove Awards in addition to his 7 Silver Slugger Awards. Griffey is also one of only 31 players in baseball history to have appeared in major league games in 4 different calendar decades.

 

A legendary career from a legendary Kid.

 

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