Thursday, April 16, 2009

1989 Topps Major League Debut #46: Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr.

PHOTO: I like the photo except that his cap is washed out by the light.

STAT: Rather than including a stat I wanted to recall something amazing that happened. Back in this 1990 game, Griffey and his father hit back-to-back homers off Kirk McCaskill. I was watching the game on Friday Night Baseball on ESPN. It was completely astounding and incredible. The fact that a father and son could play together on the same team was amazing enough, but this feat is something that, odd are, we'll never see happen again. (For a brief period, it looked possible with Tim Raines and his son.)

This kind of event is the thing that makes fans fall in love with baseball.

CAREER: 10/10

Griffey might be the only surefire Hall of Famer in this set (not sure because I haven't looked ahead at the cards...)

This guy completely reenvigorated baseball when he came on the scene in 1989. His dad was a great player but everybody expected Jr. to be even better, and they were right. Injuries have hurt him for sure but he's currently 5th in career homers and has a (very slight) shot at passing Willie Mays.


  1. The only surefire Hall of Famer? So what you're saying is that we shouldn't expect to see La Vel Freeman elected by the veterans committee in the future? How dare you!

  2. Larry Walker. Albert Belle. close, but no. Sammy Sosa. Omar Vizquel. maybe, but with reservations. Juan Gonzalez. Steve Finley. hell, no. So, I have to agree, Griffey is the only sure fire, no doubt hall of famer in here. Vizquel is second. Sosa third, but the whole steroids thing will have to mature completely.