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Career timeline: Ken Griffey Jr.

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1989: Skyrocketing through Seattle’s system

Griffey was a mainstream prospect before prospects were mainstream, going No. 1 overall in the 1987 Draft and making his debut as a 19-year-old less than two years later

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1990: Catch for the ages

Griffey showed that his glove was just as good as his bat in 1990, when he won his first of 10 Gold Glove Awards

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1990: Going back-to-back with Dad

The Kid and his father, Ken Sr., became the first -- and are still the only -- father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League game

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1993: Camden Crusher

Griffey put on a Home Run Derby performance for the ages, becoming the first player to reach B&O Warehouse beyond right field at Camden Yards. He’s still the only player to do so

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1993: Homering in 8 straight

The Kid became just the third player in AL/NL history -- and he’s still the most recent -- to go yard in eight straight games, doing so from July 20-28

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1995: Saving baseball in Seattle

Griffey was at the forefront of what remains the biggest moment in Mariners history, “The Double” that walked off the Yankees in the ALDS, extending a season in Seattle in which relocation was a possibility

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1997: Wearing No. 42 for Jackie

Griffey spearheaded the efforts to honor Jackie Robinson by becoming the first player to wear No. 42 on the anniversary of his April 15 debut. Now, every player on every club does so on Jackie Robinson Day

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1997: Winning AL MVP

Griffey won his only MVP Award in 1997, when he paced the league with 56 homers, 147 RBIs and a .646 slugging percentage in 157 games and led the Mariners to the AL West title

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2004: 500th HR on Father's Day

In a picture-perfect moment, Ken Sr. was in attendance for The Kid’s 500th career homer on Father’s Day

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2007: Epic Seattle return

In his first games in the PNW since his trade to Cincinnati seven years prior, Griffey homered twice in the series finale -- to a roaring ovation

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2008: Joining the 600-HR club

Junior became just the sixth player in history to join the prestigious club, a mark that just three others have since reached

2016: Into Cooperstown with record vote

After an epic career, Griffey was inducted into the Hall of Fame while being selected on 99.3% of the ballots, which at the time was the highest in Hall of Fame history

Griffey reflects on career