Friday, September 14, 2007

Baseball History

On this day in baseball history Ken Griffey and Junior Griffey hit back-to-back homeruns. That's right. Father and son playing for the same team, at the same time, in the same lineup, back-to-back in the batting order, hit back-to-back homeruns.

Back to back wackety wacks are special, but they are not unique. Likewise, there
have been plenty of father/son tandems in MLB. Rarely, however, have the two played simultaneously; let alone for the same team. An athlete's career span is normally such that one would never expect to see a father and son actively playing a sport at the same time. In 1989, Ken Griffey and Junior Griffey made baseball history as the first father and son to play simultaneously in MLB with Senior playing for the Atlanta Braves, and Junior playing for the Seattle Mariners. It is at once a testament to Senior's longevity and to Junior's unusual early entry into the big leagues. Seattle signed Senior the following year, and on this date in 1990 the two made history again when they became the first father-and-son team to hit back-to-back homers.

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