630 home runs, 2,781 hits and 1,836 RBI's ago a legend was born.
With the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft, the Seattle Mariners selected Ken Griffey Jr., a 17-year old from Cincinnati.
Shorty after being called up, The Kid established himself as one of the most prolific players in all of baseball.
On Sept 4, 1990, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. became the only father son combination to ever hit back-to-back home runs in the same game.
The legacy would only grow.
In his 11 seasons in Seattle, Griffey changed that distinction from one of the best in baseball, to one of the best ever.
From 1989 to 1999, Jr. registered 398 home runs and 1,152 RBI on 1,752 hits.
Griffey led the AL in home runs four seasons ('94, '97, '98, '99) and was voted the 1997 AL Most Valuable Player.
Griffey also won seven Silver Sluggers and was a three-time Home Run Derby champion.
If Griffey's offensive dominance didn't make him the best player in the game, his defense did.
From 1990-1999, Griffey won 10 straight Gold Gloves at center field.
Only one player in the 500 home run club, Willie Mays, has more Gold Gloves than Ken Griffey Jr.
Not only did Griffey make a name for himself hitting home runs, but taking them away too. His iconic leap over the center field wall to retrieve a ball that would otherwise be a home run became an often occurrence during his reign of 10 straight Gold Gloves.
At the turn of the century, Griffey was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Once in Cincinnati, at 30 years and 141 days, Griffey became the youngest player to ever reach 400 home runs.
The home run came on April 10, 2000, Griffey Sr.' 50th birthday.
Though plagued by injury, Griffey would hit number 500 and 600 as a Red.
Griffey's 500th came on Father's Day, June 20th, 2004. The home run was the 2,143 hit of his career, tying his father in career hits.
Griffey is fifth on the all-time home-runs list behind only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.
Maybe even more iconic than his center field leap was his swing. There may never be a more perfect, majestic approach to hitting the ball than Ken Griffey Juniors'.
He is arguably one of the top five center fileders of all time but undoubtedly has the sweetest swing of all time.
In the steriod era, Griffey was the exception. Never has his named been mentioned or been tied to performance enhancing drugs.
Griffey played the game the right way. When it is all said and done, he will go down not only as one of the best hitters, or fielders, but as one of the most prolific players of all time.
Ken Griffey Jr. was, is, and forever will be, an icon.