Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Ken Griffey, Jr

It took all 5 days of the National Sports Collectors convention, but I finally added another ball to my Hall of Fame collection.  I looked all throughout the show to find a Ken Griffey, Jr. ball, and found one right as I was about to leave the show today (stay tuned for posts about the other stuff that I picked up).

Griffey (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1989 to 2010 for the Mariners, Reds and White Sox.  He finished his career with 2,781 hits, 630 home runs and a .284 batting average.  He was the 1997 AL MVP.  He led the AL in home runs in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999.  Griffey hit 40 or more home runs in 7 seasons.  He was a 13-time All Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and a 7-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Griffey was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016 when he fell 3 votes shy of being the first unanimous selection (440 of 443 ballots cast or 99.3%).  He is now my 133rd Hall of Famer in my collection.

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