Ken Griffey, Jr.
George Kenneth Griffey, Jr.
Major League Debut:
Teams Played For:
Seattle Mariners, Cincinatti Reds
Member of 1995 and 1997 American League Western Division Champion Seattle Mariners team.
Griffey earned the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award after coming back from a torn right hamstring suffered in 2004. He produced 30 homers in a season for the eighth time in his career and 90 RBI's for the 10th time.
1992 All Star Game MVP.
1997 American League MVP. Led league in Slugging Percentage (.646), Runs (125), Total Bases (393), Home Runs (56), RBI (147) and Extra-Base Hits (93).
In 1987 graduated from Cincinnati's Moeller High School, where he played football for 3 years and baseball for 4 years.
Griffey was named his league's Player of the Year in 1986 and 1987
Was selected to the All-Star starting lineup for the 12th time, tied with Ozzie Smith for third on that all-time list (Cal Ripken Jr. 17, Rod Carew 15).
"We love Ken Griffey Jr. because he is everything we would like to be. He's young, he's good-looking, he's got the best smile in the world, and he's a heroic athlete. He is a shot in the arm for baseball. He is what this game needs right now. He is creating excitement and making headlines just by his presence. There hasn't been anyone like that since. . .Reggie Jackson"
— Reggie Jackson
Did You Know?...
Griffey belted his 500th homer of his career on Father’s Day 2004, with his father and his son in the stands. Griffey said he doesn't put any extra emphasis on Father's Day, despite making a habit of hitting home runs on this day -- his career total stands at five.
He and his father (Father, Ken Griffey, Sr., was a pivotal player for Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" during the 1970s) are the only father-son duo to hit home runs in the same game.
Griffey is on the national board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America... received the 1994 Celebrity Recognition Award from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the A. Bartlett Giamatti Award from the Baseball Assistance Team (BAT) in recognition of his "caring for fellow citizens"
…every December since 1993, he has sponsored Christmas dinners for 350 kids from the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Clubs.
...was the Reds' recipient of the 2000 Roberto Clemente Award presented by John Hancock, given annually to the Major Leaguer who combines outstanding skills on the field with devoted work in the community
...John Hancock made a $2,500 donation in his name to the Boys & Girls Club of America...was Sea's Roberto Clemente Award winner for community service in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Hall of Fame
Still Active Player
Home Run Milestones
600th home run: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=2880940&c_id=mlb