Ken Griffey, Jr.: The Home Run Kid by Larry Stone

By Larry Stone

An effortless to learn kid's booklet chronicling the interesting occupation of Ken Griffey, JR.

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I didn't know what to think," he said. "I wanted to cry or something. " Senior was so nervous that night he had difficulty concentrating, but in the bottom of the first inning, batting second, he ripped a single on the second pitch thrown to him by Royals starter Storm Davis. In so doing, he won a dinner bet he made Page 6 Ken Jr. uses the same style bat that his father used. (AP/Wide World Photos) Page 7 with his son on who would get the first hit. It was the 2,091st hit of his career. '" Junior then stepped to the plate, using the same style bat as his father, a black Louisville Slugger, 31 ounces, 34 inches.

They made his face break out. 300 through July, Ken was the overwhelming favorite to win the Rookie of the Year awarduntil he slipped in the shower and broke his hand, putting him on the disabled list for nearly a month. 181 in the final month. He admitted he was trying too hard to make up for the time he had lost. 264 with 16 homers (just three after the All-Star break), 61 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. He finished third in the rookie balloting. "Every day, he shows you something that tells you he's going to be an incredible player," Lefebvre said.

Major league scouts flooded Moeller's games to see the 6-foot-3, 195-pound teenager with superior speed and a rifle arm. Atlanta Braves general manager Bobby Cox (now the team's manager) said Ken Jr. was the best prospect he had ever seen. The Mariner scouts agreed. Page 19 Oddly enough, the only time Junior struggled was on the rare occasions that his father was able to break away from his team to watch him play. ''Only when his father was there would Kenny pressure himself," his high school coach, Mike Cameron, once said.

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