Sports history in Black: Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr. is remembered for his sweet swing and his ability to make great catches in the outfield. He also is known for the power surge that he had at one point in his career. That power was on full display early in the 1994 season.

Ken Griffey Jr. playing for the Seattle Mariners in 1997. Photo credit: clare_and_ben, flickr

On this day, he passed Babe Ruth’s record for the most home runs by the end of June. He had 31 home runs at that point. He was on a historic pace, but only finished with 40 home runs for the season. He would later go on to have back-to-back 56-home run seasons while playing for the Seattle Mariners.

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