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Ken Griffey Jr., one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Make-A-Wish, is featured in a new book released this week called Wish Granted. The book, written by best-selling author and Sports Illustrated associate editor Don Yaeger, is about the personal experiences of 25 top athletes who have fulfilled wishes through the Make-A-Wish program.
In the book, Griffey talks about how he has been touched by the Wish kids he has met, especially as a Major League rookie not that much older than the kids. One boy, named Michael, who received a jersey from Griffey, was later buried in the jersey when he died.
Over the years, Griffey granted dozens of Wishes to children facing life-threatening illness. He never said no. No matter what else he was doing, Ken would drop everything and spend as much time with the child as possible.
Griffey is featured in the book along with such sports luminaries as Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Kurt Warner, Danica Patrick, and Grant Hill.
Mariners Team Stores will hold several exciting events to get you in the Holiday spirit. Looking for that perfect gift for the baseball fan in your family? Be sure to stop by any of the five locations at Safeco Field, downtown Seattle, Alderwood Mall, Southcenter Mall and Bellevue Square.
HOLIDAY GIFT WITH PURCHASE
- Beginning today, receive a FREE Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Commemorative Photo Mint with a $75 merchandise purchase.
- Limited quantities, while supplies last.
DAN WILSON AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners legend Dan Wilson on Friday 12/6 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Bellevue Team Store.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER SHOPPING WEEKEND
- Saturday 12/7 and Sunday 12/8 from 10:00-5:00 pm at the Safeco Field Team Store
- 25% off all merchandise (certain exclusions apply)
- Get a FREE personalized cap with any purchase
HOT STOVE LEAGUE LIVE REMOTE BROADCAST
- Friday 12/13 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Bellevue Team Store
- Host Rick Rizzs along with special guest Mike Blowers will have interviews with guests from around the game.
- Prizes will be given out throughout the evening!
MEET SANTA MOOSE!
- Bellevue Team Store – Friday 12/13 from 7:00-8:00 pm
- Southcenter Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 1:00-2:00 pm
- Alderwood Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 4:00-5:00 pm
CHARLIE FURBUSH AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush on Saturday 12/14 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Alderwood Team Store.
CARTER CAPPS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Carter Capps on Saturday 12/28 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Southcenter Team Store.
For most Mariners fans, you have vivid memories a young teenager running onto the field for the first time in 1989. And today The Kid is turning 44, my how time flies. So here is a big Happy Birthday wish to everyone’s favorite Mariner, Ken Griffey Jr. On social media, be sure to wish him a happy birthday, and if you have not done so, you must follow his Instagram account (trust us on this one)!
And here is another fun tidbit. Nov. 21 is also the birthday of Hall of Famer Stan Musial…and get this, both were born in Donora, Pennsylvania! What are the odds of that? Two Hall of Famers (Jr. is eligible for the HOF in 2016) born on the same day (Nov. 21) in the same small town outside of Cincinnati (49 years apart).
The past weekend at Safeco Field was very special because of the return of Ken Griffey Jr. for his induction to the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. With Ken, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Jay Buhner, Alvin Davis and Dan Wilson, the other members of the Mariners HOF, there was a lot of history on diamond.
Ken’s resume is filled with statistics, records, awards and accomplishments that are certainly Cooperstown-worthy, ranking among the best of all-time. The many behind-the-scenes stories that were told were also highly entertaining.
There is one “baseball list” that may best capture the essence of Ken Griffey Jr. better than all the numbers and his place in the game’s history – that is the company that he keeps. In 1999, Major League Baseball selected the All-Century Team, which included ten outfielders. Take a few minutes to read and think about this list of players:
MLB All-Century Team – Outfielders
And……………Ken Griffey Jr.
That pretty much says it all.
- Randy Adamack
The Mariners host the Brewers in the second game of a three-game series tonight at Safeco Field. Prior to the game, a special ceremony will be held inducting Ken Griffey Jr. into the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Here is an information packet we put together on Junior that chronicles his legendary career:
And here is all the information for tonight’s game:
Game #116: Seattle Mariners (53-62) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (50-66) | 6:20 p.m. | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (10-5, 2.75) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 2.78)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also available at Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT Sports…also available via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Brewers | Mariners-Brewers History
Game Notes & Statistics:
Beginning today, exclusive Nike Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame merchandise is on sale at all Mariners Team Stores (Safeco Field, Downtown Seattle (at 4th & Stewart), Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall & Alderwood Mall along with all ballpark locations.
Here is a list of the awesome gear you can pick up with the likeness of #24:
- Griffey HOF Snapback Cap $30 (navy/teal)
- Adult Cooperstown Griffey HOF T-shirt $29 (royal)
- Adult Griffey HOF Caricature T-shirt $29 (navy)
- Adult Griffey HOF T-shirt $29 (navy)
- Women’s Cooperstown Griffey HOF T-shirt $31 (royal)
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
For 11 seasons, sports fans in the Northwest enjoyed watching one of the best all-around players in Major League Baseball history, Ken Griffey Jr. In 2009-2010, fans had a chance to share with him the final days of his future Hall of Fame career.
And now today we are thrilled to announce Junior will become the seventh member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame when he is inducted during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, August 10, 2013.
Junior will join Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson in the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Here is a fun pictorial look at Griffey’s legendary career in a Mariners uniform.
Happy 43rd Birthday Junior! On this day in 1969, Ken Griffey Jr. was born in Donora, Pennsylvania.
And it is also the birthday of Hall of Famer Stan “The Man” Musial, who played 22 years with the St. Louis Cardinals. And get this, Musial was also born in Donora, the small suburb just outside of Pittsburgh. If you are doing the math at home, that’s 1,105 career Major League home runs between Griffey Jr. (630 HR) and Musial (475 HR).
On Sept. 14, 1990 at Angel Stadium, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. became this first (and only) father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League game…the elder Griffey started things with a 2-run home run to left-center field in the first inning off Angels starter Kirk McCaskill, and Junior followed with a home run to the same area.