Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Weekend
Join us here at the Mariners as we celebrate the career of Ken Griffey Jr. all week long! This Saturday, Aug. 10, Junior will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame during a special pregame ceremony.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Griffey will join Alvin Davis (1997), Dave Niehaus (2000), Jay Buhner (2004), Edgar Martinez (2007), Randy Johnson (2012) and Dan Wilson (2012) to become the seventh member of the Mariners Hall of Fame. In honor of the occasion, the first 20,000 fans to arrive at Safeco Field will take home a Ken Griffey Jr. “Mariners Hall of Fame” Bobblehead, presented by ROOT Sports. Griffey will also throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
But before Griffey is inducted in the Mariners Hall of Fame, a luncheon will be held Friday, Aug. 9 in support of a newly-created endowment in Griffey’s name at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Ken Griffey Jr. Family Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research is an extension of the Ken Griffey Jr. Family Foundation, which supports children’s hospitals in Seattle, Cincinnati and Florida, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The endowment will help to fund clinical research and trials of innovative treatment of pediatric cancers at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, limited edition Ken Griffey Jr. commemorative bats were made available for purchase and 100 percent of the proceeds from their sale support the Seattle Children’s Ken Griffey Jr. Family Pediatric Cancer Endowment. The bat is a replica of the glossy black bat that Griffey used during his 22-year Major League Baseball career, and also features a laser-engraved, hand painted “Swingman” logo, the number 24, and Griffey’s authentic signature on the barrel. Only 1,000 bats were created.
Later on Friday after the Mariners play the Milwaukee Brewers, the second Fireworks Night of the season will take place. The Mariners have partnered with Pyro Spectaculars, the same company who produces the New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle extravaganza, for these shows set to music. But in honor of this weekend, we will pay tribute to Mariners legends with a special “Mariners Hall of Fame” themed show. You won’t want to miss it!
Even if you cannot make it to the Hall of Fame events this weekend, fans can still show their support for Griffey throughout the week using their Twitter or Instagram accounts. Using the #ThanksJr tag, fans can post messages and photos for Junior, and they may end up on MarinersVision during the games.
The Mariners Hall of Fame was created in 1997 to honor players, staff and other individuals that have significantly contributed to the history of the Mariners franchise and the Northwest community. The Hall of Fame is located on the Main Concourse of Safeco Field with the Northwest Baseball Museum.
– Caitlin Doxsie, Mariners PR Intern