The inside story on a phenomenal baseball career
Reflecting on an outstanding 19-year major-league career, this autobiography chronicles baseball great Ken Griffey, beginning with his days just out of high school. The account relates Griffey's decision to venture into the baseball business, documenting his time as a scout, coach, and manager along with his accomplishments as a father, raising two other major league ballplayers: Craig, who played briefly for the Seattle Mariners, and future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Capturing the subject's time with the Big Red Machine, this record details his days playing alongside Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose, highlighting the Reds' two consecutive world championships in 1975 and 1976. Finally, the ultimate thrill of Griffey's career is featured: playing in the same outfield in 1990 with his son, Ken Griffey Jr., during the game where they hit back-to-back home runs—the only father-son combination to do so in the history of Major League Baseball. Filled with amusing anecdotes and behind-the-scenes glimpses of what it's like when baseball really does run in the family, this is a sports memoir unlike any other.
Ken Griffey is a former major-league outfielder who played for nearly 20 years, winning two World Series and appearing in three All-Star games. He is the manager of the Bakersfield Blaze, the Cincinnati Reds’ Single-A minor-league affiliate. Phil Pepe is the author of more than 50 books on sports, including a biography of Yogi Berra and collaborations with Yankees legends Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford. Pepe was the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News from 1968 through 1981 and is a past president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Baseball, Fatherhood, and
My Life in the Big Red Machine
By Ken Griffey with Phil Pepe
Foreword by George Foster
From the Big Red Machine to the Griffey Family Legacy
Ken Griffey, Sr. has been a part of more baseball history than almost anyone in the game. From winning two championships with the Big Red Machine to playing Billyball with the Yanks to patrolling the very same outfield with his own son, Ken Griffey Sr. has seen and done it all in professional baseball.
Big Red: Baseball, Fatherhood, and My Life in the Big Red Machine (Triumph Books, May 2014) by Ken Griffey and Phil Pepe, reflects on an outstanding 19-year major league career beginning with Griffey’s days just out of high school and relating his decision to venture into the baseball business, documenting his time as a scout, coach, and manager along with his accomplishments as a father, raising two professional ballplayers. Highlights include:
- Recollections of winning the World Series in 1975 and ’76 and playing in “the greatest game ever played,” Game 6 of the ’75 World Series
- Memories playing alongside Reds’ legends Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose
- His time playing in the Bronx Zoo under Billy Martin, Yogi Berra and George Steinbrenner
- The ultimate thrill of Griffey’s career and as a father: playing in the same outfield with his superstar son, Ken Griffey, Jr.
Big Red is the story of a life in baseball, but it’s much more than that. Ken Griffey’s story is one of love of baseball, love of family and love of life, and true glimpse of what it’s like when baseball really does run in the family.
About the Authors:
Ken Griffey, Sr. is a former major league outfielder who played for nearly 20 years, a three-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion. He was the MVP of the 1980 All-Star Game and was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2004. Phil Pepe has covered sports in New York for more than five decades. He was the Yankees beat writer for the New York World Telegram & Sun from 1961 to 1964 and for the New York Daily News from 1971 to 1984. He has written almost 50 books.
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