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Remembering “The Kid:” Ken Griffey, Jr. on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Ever since I read Griff’s homage to “The Kid,” Ken Griffey, Jr., I have been brainstorming about how to do something similar.  My first thought was to scan each and every Griffey card that I have; Griffey cards have always been the shit and were a staple of my childhood.  Other than his rookie card, I can’t remember a Junior card that portrayed him as anything less than legendary- they all proclaimed that we were watching one of the greatest players of all time.

I passed on that idea.  I have far too many cards for such an undefined idea.  Griffey might give his Hall of Fame acceptance speech before I finish a project of such proportions.

So what’s second best? What’s something that captures the development and appreciation of Junior like baseball cards did? Well, I ultimately landed on Sports Illustrated covers.  Without further delay, here is the career of Ken Griffey, Jr. as it has been so perfectly displayed by Sports Illustrated.

May 7, 1990 - Photographed by Richard Mackson

October 16, 1995 - Photographed by Richard Mackson

March 11, 1998 - Photographed by Tom DiPace / SI

May 17, 1999 - Photographed by V.J. Lovero

February 21, 2000 - Photographed by Walter Iooss, Jr.

June 14, 2004 - Photographed by: John Biever

I think it’s time for another.

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