Cespedes repeats as Home Run Derby champion

Cespedes repeats as Home Run Derby champion

Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes is in good company with Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. owns 100 copies of his ('shopped) rookie card

Ken Griffey Jr. owns 100 copies of his ('shopped) rookie card

WINTER GARDEN, Fla., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Ken Griffey Jr.'s rookie baseball card was a big deal: the No. 1 card in Upper Deck's first set in 1989, but it's not entirely for real.
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Collection of Ken Griffey Jr. cards stolen

Collection of Ken Griffey Jr. cards stolen

WICHITA, Kan., March 7 (UPI) -- A Kansas man who began collecting Ken Griffey Jr. baseball cards when he was 11 lost the entire collection to a burglar while he was at the Fiesta Bowl.

Burglars get 500+ Ken Griffey Jr. cards

WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Kansas man said he was devastated when a burglar stole his collection of more than 500 Ken Griffey Jr. baseball cards.

Report: Griffey Jr.'s son commits to Ariz.

TUCSON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Trey Griffey, the son of baseball great Ken Griffey Jr., has committed to play football at the University of Arizona, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.

MLB honors Griffey's lifetime achievements

ARLINGTON, Texas, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball Monday honored 13-time all-star outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. with a Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award.

Bautista heads All-Star Game starters

NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- Top vote-getter Jose Bautista of Toronto and National League No. 1 Ryan Braun of Milwaukee headed the list of All-Star Game starters released Sunday.

Kyle Kendrick's 2008 Series ring stolen

MOUNT VERNON, Wash., April 5 (UPI) -- Burglars broke into the Washington state home of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick and stole his World Series ring, police said.
Ken Griffey Jr. retires from baseball

Ken Griffey Jr. retires from baseball

SEATTLE, June 2 (UPI) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder and likely future Hall of Fame member Ken Griffey Jr. has retired from baseball, the team said Wednesday.

MLB: Seattle 4, Toronto 3

SEATTLE, May 20 (UPI) -- A drive to the wall by Ken Griffey Jr. finished off a three-run rally in the ninth inning Thursday and gave the Seattle Mariners a 4-3 victory over Toronto.

Griffey denies report he slept during game

BALTIMORE, May 11 (UPI) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. denied a published report that he was asleep in the clubhouse when needed as a pinch-hitter.
Report: Griffey found asleep during game

Report: Griffey found asleep during game

SEATTLE, May 10 (UPI) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. was asleep in the clubhouse last week when the M's needed a pinch-hitter, unnamed teammates say.

MLB: Seattle 4, Texas 3

ARLINGTON, Texas, April 10 (UPI) -- Franklin Gutierrez hit an RBI single to highlight a three-run ninth inning rally Saturday, lifting the Seattle Mariners to a 4-3 win over Texas.
Report: Griffey signs with M's for 2010

Report: Griffey signs with M's for 2010

SEATTLE, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Ken Griffey Jr. has reached an agreement on a contract with the Seattle Mariners for the 2010 season, the Seattle Times reported Wednesday.
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Ken Griffey
Seattle Mariners' Ken Griffey Jr. watches the game against the Boston Red Sox' in the fourth inning at SAFECO Field in Seattle May 17, 2009. The Mariners beat the Red Sox 3-2. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)

George Kenneth "Ken" Griffey (born April 10, 1950) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He currently serves as Manager for the Bakersfield Blaze, the Reds' Single A minor league affiliate. He is the father of former professional outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. and former minor leaguer Craig Griffey. He and his older son Ken Jr. share the same birth city with Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial.

Griffey made his Major League Baseball debut on August 25, 1973 with the Cincinnati Reds. That season, Griffey played in only 25 games, but batted .384 with three homers. The following season, Griffey saw more playing time with 88 games. In 1975, Griffey began to break out with a .305 batting average with four home runs and 46 RBIs. Griffey's greatest season came in 1976, when he came just short of winning the batting title behind the Cubs' Bill Madlock. Griffey chose to sit out the final day of the season to protect his batting title and it came back to haunt him as Madlock collected four hits that same day. Griffey entered the game late after hearing the news, and went 0 for 2. Many baseball purists were disappointed in Griffey (and perhaps more so in his manager, Sparky Anderson, for choosing to sit him out to gain an individual accolade). Fans were reminded of the decision of Ted Williams to play on the final day of his season where he could have lost his .400 average in 1941. Williams played both ends of a double header, and wound up with .406 average to end his remarkable season.

Griffey batted a career high .336, finished eighth in the Most Valuable Player voting, and was named to The Sporting News National League All-Star team. That season, the Reds won their second consecutive World Series title. Also, the season marked the end of The Big Red Machine in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team, which ended when Tony Perez left the team, consisted of greats such as Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Johnny Bench. In the next four seasons, Griffey batted .318, .288, .316, and .294 with a total of 43 home runs. In Griffey's final season of his first stint with the Reds, 1981, he batted .311 with only two home runs and 34 RBIs.

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