Ken Griffey Jr. Statue at Safeco Field
Several Major League Baseball stadiums honor their all-time great players with statues. Go to Fenway Park and you’ll see a statue of Ted Williams. Wrigley Field features a statue of Ernie Banks (among others). So it’s only fitting the Seattle Mariners have a statue of Ken Griffey Jr. at Safeco Field.
You can find the Ken Griffey Jr. statue outside the home plate entrance of Safeco Field. It sits on the corner of Edgar Martinez Dr. and Dave Niehaus Way (map). The bronze statue was unveiled on April 13, 2017, and it features Ken Griffey Jr. with his famous follow through swing.
Ken Griffey Jr. isn’t just one of the Mariners’ greatest players — he’s one of the best to ever play baseball, period. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016, receiving 99.32% of the votes, which is the highest mark ever. Ken Griffey Jr. was also inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame that same year. His number 24 is also retired by the Mariners.
Known as “The Kid”, Ken Griffey Jr. made his Major League debut for the Mariners when he was just 19 years old. He spent parts of 13 seasons with Seattle, even playing with his dad Ken Griffey Sr. “Junior” — as he was also known — played 1,685 games for the Mariners, smacking 417 home runs and driving in 1,216 runs with Seattle. He also played for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox, hitting 630 home runs in his 22-year career.
Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the most beloved sports figures in Seattle sports history. No one will ever forget him or the incredible memories he provided. But as time passes, Ken Griffey Jr.’s name will fall deeper into the history books. There’s one place he’ll be cemented forever, though — right in front of Safeco Field.
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