George Kenneth “Ken” Griffey Jr, is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played 22 years in Major League Baseball. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio his father Ken Griffey Sr. played for the Cincinnati Reds when Ken Jr was 6 years old. He attended Archbishop Moeller High School where he became player of the year in 1987 having also been a great football player he was scouted to play for a few Division 1 colleges before being selected as first overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in 1987. He became one of the top players to watch with a starting team record, Griffey established himself as one of the most prolific and exciting players of the era, racking up 1,752 hits, 398 home runs, 1,152 RBIs, and 167 stolen bases.
In 1990-1991 he and his father became the first father son duo to play on the same team during the same season having both hit back to back singles in the first inning scoring both. The team played 51 games together before his father retired in June 1991.
In 1994 he led his team in voting for the All Star Game selection while hitting 30 home runs in the first 65 games. In 1997 he led his team to the AL West Crown and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award hitting a .304 with 56 home runs in a season. He finished out the season with 56 home runs and 146 RBI.
In 1999 he was the youngest player to be ranked on The Sporting News list at number 93 of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players. He was also elected into the MLB All-Century Team. During his time playing on the Mariners he was a 10 time American League Gold Glove Winner and the 1992 All Star Game MVP.
In February 2000 he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds where he became the 20th player to hit 500 career home runs. He was injured in the 2004 season then returned in 2005. During his baseball career he played for the Chicago White Sox in 2008 shortly after he became a free agent he returned to the Mariners for 2010 before retiring from MLB.