1987 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Is 1st Pick In Amateur Draft
On this day back in 1987, Ken Griffey Jr. was selected as the 1st pick in baseball’s professional draft. At just 17 years of age, the sky was the limit for ‘The Kid’ that was born to play professional baseball.
Having grown up around big league players and ball parks during his entire youth, Griffey had the rare advantage of knowing what the daily life of a big leaguer was about well before he suited up for one. And even with all eyes on him, Griffey excelled and certainly lived up to the hype of being the first pick in the draft as well as the son of one of the game’s former stars.
Did Griffey accomplished everything that was expected of him? Probably not. But I don’t think anyone can live up to some of the tags thrown at him from such a young age. Still, Griffey Jr. had a brilliant career and should be named amongst the sport’s greatest players of all-time, and certainly of his generation.
Happy Anniversary Ken!!!! See you in Cooperstown.