Big Red: Baseball, Fatherhood, and My Life in the Big Red by Ken Griffey, Phil Pepe, George Foster

By Ken Griffey, Phil Pepe, George Foster

Reflecting on an exceptional 19-year major-league occupation, this autobiography chronicles baseball nice Ken Griffey, starting along with his days simply out of highschool. The account relates Griffey’s selection to enterprise into the baseball company, documenting his time as a scout, trainer, and supervisor with his accomplishments as a father, elevating different significant league ballplayers: Craig, who performed in brief for the Seattle Mariners, and destiny corridor of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. taking pictures the subject’s time with the massive purple computer, this list information his days taking part in along Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose, highlighting the Reds' consecutive global championships in 1975 and 1976. eventually, the last word thrill of Griffey’s profession is featured: enjoying within the comparable outfield in 1990 together with his son, Ken Griffey Jr., throughout the online game the place they hit back-to-back domestic runs—the in simple terms father-son mix to take action within the heritage of significant League Baseball. jam-packed with fun anecdotes and behind-the-scenes glimpses of what it’s like while baseball particularly does run within the relatives, this can be a activities memoir not like any other.

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Because my reputation back home was as a football player and not a baseball player, I had my doubters who thought I was making a mistake in not pursuing football. The only two I remember who believed that I could play baseball on the next level were my friends Joe Perrotta and Ed Gray (no relation to Elmer Gray). Joe Perrotta especially encouraged me, supported me, looked after me, and helped me in so many ways. He took care of me when I was in the army reserves. If I didn’t have a ride, Joe would drive me to the meetings—which were near Cumberland, Maryland— drop me off, and then go all the way to his reserve meeting near Wheeling, West Virginia.

We’d be in uniform at 8:00 in the morning and go through drills and instructions, batting and fielding practice most of the day, and then we’d play a doubleheader that night. It was exhausting, but we were learning and we were improving. Back in the day there were no rovers (instructors roving through the minor league affiliates) and no coaches. You’d have a manager Pro z 49 who manned the third-base coach’s box when the team was at bat, and a pitching coach. If you were lucky you might have a manager who knew something about hitting, but that was rare.

All the players in camp were either just out of the recent amateur draft, signed as free agents, or had played the previous year at Bradenton. I was assigned to the Gulf Coast League team. In those two weeks, we went through instruction, infield, and batting practice, and to break up the monotony we’d play games, Bradenton against Sioux Falls. I played for Bradenton, and Don Gullett and Ross Grimsley—a couple of nasty, hard-throwing lefthanders—pitched for Sioux Falls. Are you kidding? I couldn’t hit them with a paddle.

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