Former MLB outfielder Ken Griffey Sr. was the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference which took place at MTSU’s James Union building. Griffey Sr. talked a lot about his years in baseball and what it was like to play with his own son, Ken Griffey Jr., on the same team during some of the same years. The father and son duo are the only people in MLB history to get to play together on one professional team, and even hit back to back home runs during a game. During the event, the two-time World Series champion described his latest book to the audience which is about his experiences during his career. He hopes to write something that people are willing to read, and this was a great way for him to open up to his fans about his personal life on and off the field.
Griffey Sr. was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1973 and played with them for eight years before going on to join the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, and one more tour with the reds. He finished his career with the Seattle Mariners with whom he was with from 1990-1991 while his son was on the team as well.
The baseball veteran gave a well respected speech at the conference, and a few long time fans got to fulfill their wish of getting Griffey Sr.’s autograph before he left the area.
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Watch Ken Griffey Sr. Speaking about Raising his Hall of Fame son: