Ken Griffey Jr.

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Ken Griffey Jr.

Born

11/21/1969, Donora, Pennsylvania USA

Birth Name

George Kenneth Griffey Jr.

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Junior, The Kid, Ken Griffey
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George Kenneth Griffey Jr. mainly known as Ken Griffey Jr. was born on November 21, 1969 in Donora, Pennsylvania. His dad, Ken Griffey Sr., also played major league baseball and with the Seattle Mariners. He was drafted in the 1st round (1st overall) by the Seattle Mariners in…more

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  • Trivia

    • Ken was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago White Sox on July 31, 2008.

    • Ken hit his 600th career home run in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds' game against the Florida Marlins on Monday, June 9, 2008, to become the 6th player in Major League history to hit 600 home runs.

    • Junior passed Frank Robinson for 6th place on the All-Time Home Run List on July 16, 2007, hitting his 587th career home run.

    • Ken hit his 583rd and 584th home runs during the Cincinnati Reds' game on Sunday, June 24, 2007 against the Seattle Mariners, tying and then passing Mark McGwire for seventh on the all-time career list.

    • Ken passed Harmon Killebrew for 8th place on the All-Time Home Run List on May 25, 2007, it was his 574th career homer.

    • At the start of the 2007 season, Griffey, after playing Centerfield for his entire Major League career, became the Reds' Rightfielder.

    • Griffey was diagnosed with pleurisy in April 2007. Pleurisy is an inflammation of the lining of the cavity surrounding the lungs which can cause painful respiration and some other symptoms.

    • Griffey has the 3rd most home runs of any active player behind Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.

    • Griffey passed Reggie Jackson for 10th on the All-Time Home Run List on April 24, 2007.

    • Griffey was ranked as the #93 Greatest Baseball Player of All Time by The Sporting News in 1999. It should be noted that this list only counted statistics through the 1997 season. Had this list been done later in his career, Griffey would have been ranked better.

    • Griffey hit 422 home runs during the 1990s.

    • Griffey was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the number one overall pick in the 1987 draft.

    • He hit his 569th career homer on Thursday, May 10, 2007, tying him with Rafael Palmeiro in 9th place on the all-time home run list.

    • Ken is a paintball fan and often plays with his wife and children at paintball facilities around Orlando, Florida, his off-season home.

    • Ken asked Commissioner Bud Selig and received permission to wear uniform Number 42 on Sunday, April 15th to honor Jackie Robinson on the 60th anniversary of his Major League debut. Commissioner Selig expanded the gesture and extended an invitation to all teams to allow any of its players to wear Number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day as a tribute to Jackie and the history he made on that day 60 years ago.

    • Ken has hit 15 Grand Slams in his career. With the bases loaded, he's a .329 hitter with 49 Hits and 164 RBIs to go along with the 15 homers.

    • Ken has 558 career home runs as of August 2, 2006. He is 5 shy of passing Reggie Jackson for 10th on the all-time list.

    • It was during Griffey's tenure with the Seattle Mariners that he established himself as one of baseball's premier players, and during his prime he was considered by the media to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

    • When he was in high school he drew the attention of Major League scouts for his batting swing, widely regarded as the best of his generation, and his effortless fielding skills.

    • In his first season in the bigs, Griffey Jr. was on the road to the "Rookie of the Year" award but that was halted by a broken bone in his right hand after slipping in the shower on July 24, 1989.

    • If his health remains intact, Junior could reach 600 home runs sometime in the 2007 season, at age 37. Had the chronic injuries of 2001-2004 not limited his astronomical progress, it would have been possible for Griffey to surpass Hank Aaron's record of 755 career home runs.

    • In 1994 Griffey hit 33 homeruns before the All-Star break, which at the time was tied for the 3rd most ever hit before the break.

    • In the 2001 baseball movie "Summer Catch", Griffey makes a brief cameo appearance at the very end of the movie, showcasing him hitting a home run.

    • Griffey also has had a candy bar name after him called the "Ken Griffey Jr. Bar". Unfortunately, he is allergic to chocolate so they stopped manufacturing them.

    • Injuries forced Griffey to miss 260 out of 486 games from 2002 through 2004, diminishing both his skills and his star reputation.

    • In 1999 he ranked number 93 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

    • Ken was one of baseball's most respected and well-liked players during the 1990s. His picture was on cereal boxes and television commercials, and he was a mainstay of the All-Star Game during the decade.

    • Griffey hit with high average, batting over .300 for seven of the ten years of the 1990s, and hit with power as well, slugging 422 home runs during the decade.

    • He was awarded Gold Gloves for his defensive in ten consecutive seasons, from 1990 to 1999, while playing center field for the Seattle Mariners.

    • Griffey has hit a home run in 43 different ballparks, tying Fred McGriff's major league record.

    • In 1994, he was featured in the major motion picture "Little Big League".

    • Griffey had an appearance in "Love Hurts", an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, in which he out throws Will Smith at a local carnival.

    • Griffey played baseball at Moeller High School, a Catholic school in Cincinnati better known for its football program.

    • Griffey has played in 16 major league seasons.

    • He's nicknamed "Junior" and "The Kid."

    • Griffey hit his 500th career home run on June 20, 2004.

    • Griffey was named to the All-Century team in 1999. He was the youngest of any player on the list.

    • Griffey shares the record of most consecutive games with at least one home run hit at eight games. The record is shared with Don Mattingly and Dale Long.

    • Griffey is one of only three players to have at least 140 RBIs in three consecutive seasons. The other two players are Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

    • Griffey averaged 32 home runs and 92 RBIs over the course of his first 15 seasons. Griffey's last four seasons of his first 15 seasons were severely hampered by injuries and significantly lowered many of his stats.

    • Griffey has led all players in All-Star voting five times, and broke a record with the most votes ever in 1994 with over six million.

    • Griffey has received over 35 million All-Star votes throughout his career, more than anyone else in history.

    • Griffey was voted the American League Most Valuable Player in 1997, hitting .304, with 56 home runs and 147 runs batted in, and was only the 13th player to be chosen by a unanimous vote in Major League history.

    • Griffey has won the All-Star weekend's Home Run Derby a record three times (1994, 1998, 1999).

    • Griffey was named the "Player of the Decade" by his fellow baseball players for the 1990s.

    • Griffey: I remember when I was a kid being called names, including the "N word." The first time that happened, it really bothered me. But most of the people I dealt with were all white. Most of my close friends were white.

    • Ken has 3 kids; George Kenneth III ("Trey"), daughter Taryn Kennedy, and adopted son Tevin Kendall.

    • During the second game of the 2006 season, Ken hit home run #537 to pass Mickey Mantle and took over 12th all time on the list.

    • Ken played in the 2006 World Baseball Classic for America, where he was one of the team's biggest contributors, notching three home runs during the event.

    • Ken bats left and throws left.

    • Ken was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, for Mike Cameron, Brett Tomko, and Antonio Perez.

    • Ken has starred in four Nintendo videogames: 1993's Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball and 1996's Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run for the Super Nintendo, as well as the Nintendo 64 games Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1998, and Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest in 1999.

    • Ken voiced himself in a Simpsons episode.

    • His father, Ken Griffey Sr., also played professional baseball. At one point they both played for Seattle and both hit a homerun in the same game.

    • He has the same birthday and birthplace as Stan Musial.

    • He hit his 549th home run on Sunday, June 25, 2006, passing Mike Schmidt for 11th all-time.

    • 2005 Salary: $10,365,692

    • Weight: 218 pounds

    • Ken Griffey Jr. now wears #3. He switched his uniform number in 2006, from 30 to 3, to honor his three kids.

    • Ken Griffey Jr's Major League Baseball Career:
      1989-1999: Seattle Mariners
      2000-present: Cincinnati Reds

  • Quotes

    • Griffey: And when he comes to Cincinnati, I'll take [Barry Bonds] out. I fly my mom in because Barry loves the way she cooks macaroni and cheese and fried chicken. That's the kind of relationship we have. It's not just about baseball.

    • Griffey: People are dying in wars, and I get an opportunity to play for my country. It's not that hard of a decision. You see Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and all those guys stand on a podium. I have the chance to do that.

    • Griffey: I also need to get some deodorant. Which rookie wants to run out and get me some?

    • Griffey: I don't worry about it. I just go out there and try to do the best I can. Whatever people think, that's fine.

    • Griffey: When I was 16, I was working at Queen City Speedway. I made $84 and change one week, then my mama told me to quit to concentrate on baseball.

    • Griffey: As you get older, stay around, you just go out and have fun and don't worry if you hit them out. I'm not trying to hit it out, just trying to get good contact.

    • Griffey: We play a game. What he was going through doesn't compare. It was important that the little guy not be by himself.

    • Griffey: Well, I'm finally home. This is my hometown. I grew up here. It doesn't matter how much money you make; it's where you feel happy. Cincinnati is the place where I thought I would be happy.

    • Griffey: The other guys, all they have to do is use their big butts and big python arms to hit homers. Me, I'm the little guy in the group. People always root for the little guy.

    • Griffey: My name is not 'The Best Player in Baseball.' My name is George Kenneth Griffey, Jr.

    • Griffey: If I'm compared to Babe Ruth or Willie Mays, that's great. But I'm just going to go out there and be myself.

    • Griffey: As long as I have fun playing, the stats will take care of themselves.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • My favorite all time star. In my book with and without the injuries he is one of the best to play now and in the past.

    10
    He was injuried for half of 2005 still managed to be at the top of the game doing better than about 90% of the baseball players. The first time I saw Ken was at a game he played in Vs the Cleveland Indians. He hit a homerun the first i ever saw. I don;t understand why people make fun of him and try to make him sound like a bad player. He gets injuried and plays agian and again that take courage. He had aroudn 35 homeruns and he is still my favorite to break Aarons record.moreless
  • Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the best, most famous baseball players of the current generation and maybe all time. Once thought to be easily a first ballot hall of famer, a series of injury filled seasons has stained his career.moreless

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    Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the best, most famous baseball players of the current generation and maybe all time. Once thought to be easily a first ballot hall of famer, a series of injury filled seasons has stained his career.



    After going from the Seattle Mariners to the Cincinnati Reds, his career basically fell apart. Before the change of teams, he was thought of by many as the best baseball player of all time. He still has a chance to finish in the top 5 in career home runs, and in my book, is probably the best baseball player during my life span.moreless
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