Griffey Drafted First Overall by Mariners
Much of Griffey’s life up to that point had been spent watching his father, Ken Griffey Sr., play the outfield for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves.
But all eyes turned to the younger Griffey entering the 1987 MLB Draft. He put together an exceptional senior season at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, batting .478 with seven home runs, 26 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Expectations were sky high for the young outfielder.
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When he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016, Griffey Jr. became the first No. 1 overall draft pick to be enshrined.
Janey Murray was the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum