Wednesday, February 24, 2016

DEDICATED ROOKIE: 1974 KEN GRIFFEY SR.

Here’s a “dedicated rookie” for former all-star Ken Griffey Sr, who was on a multi-player rookie card in the 1974 set:


Griffey began what was to become a brilliant 19-year career that saw him hit .296 with 2143 hits in 7229 at-bats, with 1129 runs scored, 152 homers and 859 runs batted in.
During the 1973 season he made the most of his short stay, hitting .384 in 25 games with 33 hits in 86 at-bats.
He was named to three all-star games during his career, and was a member of the “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati Reds of the 1970’s, taking home two consecutive World Championships in 1975 and 1976.
Of course, we HAVE to mention something else he did, which was father a kid who would become one of the players of his generation, Ken Griffey Jr, recent Hall of Fame inductee and super-star extraordinaire.
I still think one of the coolest moments in baseball history was when Griffey Sr and Griffey Jr BOTH hit homers for the same team in the same game!  I just couldn’t believe it actually happened.

5 comments:

  1. Awesome card. So fits in with the 74 set. Looks like George Foster in the background in the dugout.

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    1. Agreed on Foster...and on what a fine card it is!

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  2. Little known fact: Ken Griffey, Sr. is the only Red to have earned 3 World Series Championship rings as a PLAYER. Besides the '75 and '76 teams, he also returned to Cincy in the late 80s and hung around long enough to play most of the 1990 season with the Reds before moving on to Seattle late in the year to play with Jr. He was so loved by the other players that after they defeated the A's in the 1990 World Series, they voted him to receive a ring to for his contributions during the regular season.

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  3. Nice card.

    There are a number of Reds card photos in the 1981 Topps set taken from the same spot. Foster, Joe Nolan, George Foster, Johnny Bench record breaker and Dave Concepcion cards look similar. Griffey's 81 card was a dugout headshot.

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  4. Great card! With that much playing time in '73, he probably deserved a full length card. He would have been better for the set than guys like Larry Stahl and Andy Kosco, who were never heard from again.

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