Ken Griffey Jr.

There are babies born all over the world, but only “The Kid” can call Ohio home. Ken Griffey Jr., was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to Cincinnati when he was six years old. Griffey attended Moeller High School and was named the U.S. high school player of the year in 1987. The same year, he was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners. He played with the Mariners for 11 years where he was an All-Star 10 years in a row, won 10 Golden Gloves, and awarded the AL MVP once. In February 2000, Griffey was traded to his hometown team, the Cincinnati Reds. While most of his Reds tenure was plagued by injury, Griffey managed to accomplish several career milestones, including his 600th home run. After his departure from the Reds, “the Kid”, was signed by the White Sox for a short period of time and later ended his career with the Mariners.  When it was all said and done, Ken Griffey Jr., was considered one of the greatest baseball players of all-time. He finished 6th in career home runs (630), 3rd for outfielder Golden Gloves (10), 2nd in AL Silver Slugger awards (10), and named to the MLB All-Century Team. Not only was Griffey a legend in baseball, but he was a pop culture icon as well. He had one of the most popular baseball video games of all-time (Ken Griffey Baseball) and revolutionized the backwards hat. Griffey currently resides with his family in Orlando, Florida, but still considers Cincinnati to be his home.

 

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