A few things come up whenever anyone discusses Ken Griffey Jr.: There’s the broad smile he’d flash at great moments and the backwards cap he’d sport seemingly anytime he wasn’t playing in an actual game, and, more than anything, the effortless and beautiful left-handed swing that produced 630 Major League home runs.
All three are on display in the above video, from Griffey’s win in the 1999 Home Run Derby at Fenway Park — the third Derby title of his career. The clip doesn’t do justice to his all-around excellence as a baseball player — Griffey also somewhat regularly robbed home runs as a perennial Gold Glove winner in center field, and stole plenty of bases in his early years with the Mariners — but it’s a nice way to refresh on some of the most memorable aspects of Griffey’s greatness as he prepares to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend.
For The Win
Remember Ken Griffey Jr.'s swing, style and smile with classic Home Run Derby footage
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