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Ken “The Kid” Griffey was taken No. 1 overall straight out of high school. With his beautiful, majestic swing and spectacular defense in center ield, Griffey quickly became one of the game’s most celebrated players. He retired in the middle of his 22nd season, after enjoying a Hall of Fame career (though injuries marred the second half of it). The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 homers. He won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and the AL MVP in 1997. (VJ Lovero/SI)

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Ken “The Kid” Griffey was taken No. 1 overall straight out of high school. With his beautiful, majestic swing and spectacular defense in center ield, Griffey quickly became one of the game’s most celebrated players. He retired in the middle of his 22nd season, after enjoying a Hall of Fame career (though injuries marred the second half of it). The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 homers. He won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and the AL MVP in 1997. (VJ Lovero/SI)
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Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine - Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Sr., Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo and David Concepcion - stand above an inflated All-Star ballot before a 1976 game. (Courtesy of Cincinnati Reds)

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Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine - Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Sr., Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo and David Concepcion - stand above an inflated All-Star ballot before a 1976 game. (Courtesy of Cincinnati Reds)
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Ken Griffey Sr. puts a reverse chinlock on his son during a 1989 SI photo shoot. The elder Griffey would be traded to Seattle the next year, where he’d play his last two MLB seasons with his son. (Ronald Modra/SI)

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Ken Griffey Sr. puts a reverse chinlock on his son during a 1989 SI photo shoot. The elder Griffey would be traded to Seattle the next year, where he’d play his last two MLB seasons with his son. (Ronald Modra/SI)
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Cecil Fielder, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Ken Griffey Jr. look on during batting practice of the 1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. On this day in 1989, Griffey hit his first major league home run at the age of 19. (Steve Goldstein/SI)

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Cecil Fielder, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Ken Griffey Jr. look on during batting practice of the 1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. On this day in 1989, Griffey hit his first major league home run at the age of 19. (Steve Goldstein/SI)
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Ken Griffey Jr. smiles from beneath a pile of teammates after scoring the winning run in the 11th inning of Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS. The Mariners beat the Yankees, 6-5, to advance to the ALCS, where they lost to the Indians. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Ken Griffey Jr. smiles from beneath a pile of teammates after scoring the winning run in the 11th inning of Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS. The Mariners beat the Yankees, 6-5, to advance to the ALCS, where they lost to the Indians. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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