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Ken Griffey Jr. Hardcover – March, 1999

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Though barely in mid-career, the Mariners' remarkable centerfielder is already the stuff of legend, his bat and glove seemingly graced with magic. But just how good is he? Ken Griffey Jr. steps up to the plate with testimonials from a lineup of 10 who have competed with him, competed against him, or just marveled at his miracles, and the consensus is clear--he's that good ... and better.

If you like Junior, you'll cheer this coronation that wears his name. Part photographic tribute--see his first step toward Cooperstown as he toddles into home in a father-son game in Cincinnati in the '70s--and part tour guide to some towering achievements, Junior asks its varied witnesses for insights into the player, the man, and his talents; then it presents its finding as oral history. Teammate Jay Buhner focuses on the power of Junior's innate confidence; former manager Jim Lefebvre looks back at Griffey's rookie year with continued amazement ("He was so natural, and never in awe"); Tim McCarver analyzes his on-the-field completeness; slugger Reggie Jackson, after parsing Griffey's fluid swing, observes that his background as a Major League brat always made the ballpark feel like home to him. Off the field, a representative from the Make-a-Wish Foundation ushers the kid-within-the-superstar into the spotlight with her tales of his dedication to and patience with ailing children. It makes for an altogether exuberant look at an exuberant presence--and with hopeful expectations of what's yet to come. --Jeff Silverman


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Beckett Pubns; 1st edition (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887432647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887432641
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,084,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mole Man on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great way to learn about ken griffey jr. i think it is kool b/c baseball legends coaches, and anaylists such reggie jackson, rickey henderson, tony LaRusa, tim McCarver and kens griffey sr(kens dad)tell what hes like and about his work ethnics. so when u want to learn about ken griffey jr, choose this book.
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