43 Facts About Ken Griffey

1. In 1999, Ken Griffey 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 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 was traded to the Chicago White Sox in July 2008.

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

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

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6. Ken Griffey 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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7. Ken Griffey 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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8. Ken Griffey has a private pilot certificate and owns a Cirrus SR22.

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9. Ken Griffey was named an American Public Diplomacy Envoy by then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on November 18, 2008.

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10. Ken Griffey 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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11. Ken Griffey is one of two Baseball Hall of Fame inductees who have been chosen first overall in an MLB draft.

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12. On January 6, 2016, Ken Griffey 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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13. Ken Griffey 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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14. On February 17, 2011, Ken Griffey was hired by the Mariners as a special consultant.

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

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

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17. Ken Griffey 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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18. Ken Griffey was criticized by some for his effort during his stint with the Reds.

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

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

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

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

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23. On September 25, 2006, Ken Griffey 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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24. Ken Griffey finished the 2004 season on the disabled list after suffering a rupture of his right hamstring in San Francisco.

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25. In 2004, Ken Griffey 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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26. In 2000, Ken Griffey changed his number from 24 to 30, the number his father wore while playing in both Cincinnati and Seattle.

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27. Ken Griffey 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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28. On February 10, 2000, Ken Griffey was traded to the Reds for pitcher Brett Tomko, outfielder Mike Cameron, and minor leaguers Antonio Perez and Jake Meyer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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36. Ken Griffey 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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37. Ken Griffey was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, on November 21, 1969.

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

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39. Ken Griffey 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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40. Ken Griffey 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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41. Ken Griffey is tied for the record of most consecutive games with a home run.

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

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43. Ken Griffey 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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