Baseball Player Ken Griffey Jr.

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on October 7, 2001

I would like to know more about Ken Griffey Jr. My grandson really admires him. Is there a fan club address where he can write to Griffey?
—Kathern H., Texas

Ken Griffey Jr., 31, has baseball in his blood. His father, Ken Griffey Sr., played with the Cincinnati Reds during the team's 1975 championship season and is now the bench coach for the team. Griffey Jr. proved to be a gifted athlete as well, gaining near-legend status as a youth-league player. Born in Donora, Pa., (pop. 5,653) he played baseball and football in high school and was drafted by the Seattle Mariners when he was 18 and debuted in the majors in 1989. He set many records, especially as a home-run hitter. Griffey Jr. joined the Reds in 2000. Hank Aaron considers the 31-year-old centerfielder to be the most likely current player to beat his lifetime home run record of 755. Griffey Jr. currently has more than 400 career home runs. In addition to his skills on the field, Griffey Jr. has won numerous awards for his charitable work. He and his wife, Melissa, have two children. Your grandson can write to Ken Griffey Jr. at: Ken Griffey Jr. Fan Mail/ Cincinnati Reds, 100 Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, OH 45202.