After receiving 99.3 percent of the vote – the highest percentage in history – Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, forever cementing his legacy among the greatest players in history. His plaque now resides in the hallowed corridors of the Hall of Fame along with the likes of Ruth, Aaron, Mays and many others. In this edition of 24 Stories, Junior reflects on his place in baseball history.
#22 – The Hall
“These guys that I’m now going to be with have thrown up numbers that you just go, ‘Wow’, and I don’t feel that I did that. A guy who built a house doesn’t go talk about, ‘Wow, I built 1,300 houses.’ He just knows he can build a house. I feel that because of how I grew up, it wasn’t important for me to talk about anything but other things other than baseball. My dad didn’t come home and go, ‘Hey, I went 4-for-4 today.’ Everybody talks about some of the numbers that I have. It’s almost embarassing, like, ‘Okay’, so they take it as, ‘Oh, he’s being cocky, conceited.’ No, I just don’t know what to say. It’s just what I did. I went out and played the game that I loved to play.” – Ken Griffey Jr.
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