47 Facts About Ken Griffey Jr

1. In 1999, Ken Griffey Jr was named to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team with some of the greatest players in the history of baseball.

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2. Ken Griffey Jr left the Northwest to return to the Cincinnati Area and play for his hometown team, but struggled to put a full season together as injuries began to take their toll on his body.

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3. Ken Griffey Jr provided game-used equipment to the public via Mill Creek Sports in the Seattle area.

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4. Ken Griffey Jr would apply a very thin layer of tape, in a crisscross pattern, to enhance his grip.

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5. Ken Griffey Jr was traded to the Chicago White Sox in July 2008.

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6. In 1987 Ken Griffey Jr was the first player selected by the Major League Baseball draft and was signed by the American League Seattle Mariners.

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7. Ken Griffey Jr was voted to the All-Star starting lineup 13 times, trailing only Ripken and Rod Carew (15) among members of the Hall of Fame fraternity.

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8. Ken Griffey Jr faced his own pressures along the way, including the weight of being the son of a former All-Star and a No 1 overall Draft pick of a then-struggling franchise in Seattle.

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9. In 2000 Ken Griffey Jr became a free agent and chose to be traded to Cincinnati.

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10. Ken Griffey Jr has a private pilot certificate and owns a Cirrus SR22.

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11. Ken Griffey Jr is an honorary co-chairman of the AOPA Foundation's Hat in the Ring Society, a charitable organization that promotes aviation safety and education.

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12. Ken Griffey Jr is one of two Baseball Hall of Fame inductees who have been chosen first overall in an MLB draft.

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13. On January 6, 2016, Ken Griffey Jr was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 99.32 percent of the vote, breaking the record previously held by Tom Seaver's 98.84 percent in 1992.

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14. Ken Griffey Jr was formally inducted on August 10, 2013.

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15. Ken Griffey Jr is involved with the Mariners at spring training and the regular season, along with visiting most of the Mariners minor-league affiliates.

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16. On February 17, 2011, Ken Griffey Jr was hired by the Mariners as a special consultant.

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17. Ken Griffey Jr released a statement through the Seattle Mariners organization announcing his retirement effective immediately.

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18. On June 23, 2009, at Safeco Field, Ken Griffey Jr hit the 5,000th home run in franchise history, off San Diego Padres pitcher Chad Gaudin.

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19. Ken Griffey Jr indicated he was motivated by sentimental reasons toward Seattle, where he received an overwhelmingly positive reception when he last played there as a Cincinnati Red in June 2007, but was inclined towards the Braves for its proximity to his home in Orlando, Florida, and his desire to be with his family during the season.

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20. Ken Griffey Jr was criticized by some for his effort during his stint with the Reds.

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21. Ken Griffey Jr was not selected to the All-Star Game as a reserve.

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22. Ken Griffey Jr ended the 2007 season with 593 career home runs.

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23. On July 18, 2007, Ken Griffey Jr hit his 2,500th hit, a first-inning single off Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz.

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24. On June 22, 2007, Ken Griffey Jr made his first return to Seattle after his trade to the Reds.

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25. Ken Griffey Jr said his hand felt fine and he expected to be ready to go for 2007 spring training.

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26. On September 25, 2006, Ken Griffey Jr hit his 27th home run of the season against Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Scott Eyre to tie Reggie Jackson for tenth on the all time home run list.

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27. Ken Griffey Jr was starting in right field for the first time in his 16-year Major League career when he raced toward the gap to try to cut off a ball before it got to the wall.

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28. Ken Griffey Jr finished the 2004 season on the disabled list after suffering a rupture of his right hamstring in San Francisco.

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29. In 2004, Ken Griffey Jr avoided major injury during the first half of the season, and on June 20 became the 20th player to hit 500 career home runs.

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30. In 2000, Ken Griffey Jr changed his number from 24 to 30, the number his father wore while playing in both Cincinnati and Seattle.

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31. Ken Griffey Jr signed a nine-year, $112.5M contract with the Reds after the trade was completed, with a club option for a tenth.

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32. On February 10, 2000, Ken Griffey Jr was traded to the Reds for pitcher Brett Tomko, outfielder Mike Cameron, and minor leaguers Antonio Perez and Jake Meyer.

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33. Ken Griffey Jr would go on to have 4 multi-home run games that year.

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34. Ken Griffey Jr led his league multiple times in different hitting categories.

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35. Ken Griffey Jr was a frequent participant in the All-Star Game during the 1990s.

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36. Ken Griffey Jr played the final 17 games with the club, hitting.

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37. Ken Griffey Jr led the team with 14 home runs, 40 RBI and 13 steals.

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38. Ken Griffey Jr made his professional debut on June 16, 1987.

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39. Ken Griffey Jr received a signing bonus of $16,000 from the Mariners.

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40. Ken Griffey Jr was the number one overall selection by the Seattle Mariners during the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft held on June 2, 1987.

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41. Ken Griffey Jr was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, on November 21, 1969.

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42. Ken Griffey Jr was inducted into both the Mariners' Hall of Fame and the Reds Hall of Fame.

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43. Ken Griffey Jr is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to have appeared in Major League games in four different calendar decades.

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44. Ken Griffey Jr signed lucrative deals with companies of international prominence like Nike and Nintendo; his popularity reflected well upon MLB and is credited by some with helping restore its image after the 1994 labor dispute.

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45. Ken Griffey Jr is tied for the record of most consecutive games with a home run.

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46. Ken Griffey Jr was an exceptional defender and won 10 Gold Glove Awards in center field.

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47. Ken Griffey Jr spent most of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, along with a short stint with the Chicago White Sox.

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