Ken Griffey Jr Joe Morgan 2005 Ultimate Signature BGS 9.5 Auto 10 #/250 Mariners
  • Ken Griffey Jr Joe Morgan 2005 Ultimate Signature BGS 9.5 Auto 10 #/250 Mariners

    Ken Griffey Jr Joe Morgan 2005 Ultimate Signature BGS 9.5 Auto 10 #/250 Mariners

    • Ken Griffey Jr.

      On the day the Seattle Mariners made Ken Griffey Jr. their first All-Star Game selection, he was expected to be great.


      The kid nicknamed "The Natural" had delivered on his promise with his skills and make-up. The American professional baseball player is one of the icons of the 1990s and one of the all-time greats of his generation. Born on July 4, 1990 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Griffey grew up watching his father Ken Griffy Sr. patrol the field for the Reds.


      In 1987, Griffey became the first player selected by Major League Baseball in the draft and signed by the American League Seattle Mariners. The Griffeys became the first father and son to ever play in the major leagues at the same time. His father, outfielder Ken Griffy Sr., and brother Ken Jr., played for the Cincinnati Reds for a year.


      Griffey Sr. arranged to sell him to the Mariners after the late 1989 season, and the two formed a sentimental duo in the lineup until their retirement in 1991. Griffey hit the 5,000th home run in franchise history on May 29, 1990, and finished his career with 1,843 home runs. In 1999, he was named the greatest player in baseball history by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Museum of Baseball Research.


      Ken Griffey Jr. is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 1, 2017 at the annual induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York. The launch is one of the most anticipated in history, with fans and media speculating that this would be the first time the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Museum of Baseball Research would vote unanimously in favor.


      Ken Griffey Jr., the Mariners "all-time home run leader, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, becoming the second longtime Mariner to be inducted Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. He was selected for his 1989-98 Seattle career, which, along with Randy Johnson, coincided with Griffin's first assignment for the franchise.


      Thirty-one years ago today, Ken Griffey Jr. made his major league debut at Oakland's Alameda Coliseum after being selected first overall by the Mariners in the 1987 draft. He quickly rose through the club's minor league system and reached the major leagues in 1989 when he signed a four-year, $1.5 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Griffney joined the Seahawks organization as a 16-year-old in 1987, the same year the clubs selected him with their first overall pick in the first round of this year's MLB Draft.


      In a start that suited his Hall of Fame career, Griffey scored in his first major league at-bat, lacing up a double-to-left center field. He electrified baseball with a towering home run in the second inning of the Mariners' 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.


      His megawatt smile and charismatic swagger won fans because he was one of the best players of all time - and he is still a popular figure in Seattle baseball history.


      Junior's Sweet Home Run swing made him a regular at the All-Star Games, where he won two gold glove awards and two silver lugger awards. Ken Griffey Jr. is the third player in Mariners history to finish with a .284 career batting average and 2,781 strikeouts, including a career-high 1,871 stolen bases. He became only the second player to chase that story, after Mark McGwire in the 1998 MLB season, when he chased the mark until he collapsed and was left behind in August, but still hit 56 home runs.


      Few would dispute that Griffey saved baseballs for Seattle, but his dazzling catches from midfield and incredible defense lit up the game for a generation of baseball fans. In his final season with the Mariners, the second-best in franchise history, he scored a .985 field goal percentage.


      George Kenneth Griffey Jr. was born on November 21, 1969 in Donora, Pennsylvania, the son of George Kenneth Jr., better known as Birdie, and his wife Mary Ann. He shares birthday and birthplace with Stan Musial, who was born in the same city as his father George "Birdie" Griffey Sr.


      The Kid was a member of the Cincinnati Reds, but most of all he will always be remembered for his uniform. It all began in February 2000, when the M's traded Griffey for Cincy for outfielder Mike Cameron and infielder Matt Wieters. For the first time in his major league career, he jogged against the Chicago White Sox on April 14, 2000. 

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