Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Original Griffey 1/15/16

Hey baseball fans!

Ken Griffey, Jr. is going to the Hall of Fame! But wait, who's Ken Griffey, Sr.? He may be overshadowed by his son, but George Kenneth Griffey, Sr. was a great hitter. During his 19-year career from 1973-1991 with the Reds, Yankees, Braves, and Mariners, Griffey collected 2,143 base hits, 152 home runs, and 859 RBIs. The three-time All Star outfielder was a driving force for Cincinnati's Big Red Machine throughout the 1970s. He was part of their two World Series championships in 1975 and 1976 after having two fine regular seasons. Combined, Griffey, Sr. batted .322 with 330 hits in those two Reds championship years. He batted over .300 in five other seasons besides the aforementioned ones and scored over 100 times in 1976 and 1977.

Griffey, Sr. was by far the best Griffey in baseball history until his son hit 600+ home runs en route to the Hall of Fame. But there is one moment that links the two together that is absolutely magical. On September 14, 1990, the Mariners were playing the Angels in Los Angeles. Ken Griffey, Sr. and Jr. were batting in the two and three spots in the Mariners' lineup. In the top of the first inning, after a Harold Reynolds walk, Senior came up and hit a home run to make the score 2-0. Then, Junior hit a home run! It was and still is the only time that a father and son duo hit back-to-back home runs in baseball history.

So even though Junior is going to Cooperstown, Senior still had a great career and got to enjoy some of it as his son's teammate. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

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