Dayton, Ohio-Ken Griffey Sr., legendary outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds World Series champions of 1975-76, is scheduled to appear at the Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game on Saturday, March 30. The game will be played at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field as the 2019 Dragons meet a team of Dragons alumni still playing in the Reds farm system.
Griffey was the Dragons hitting coach in 2010. Several other former Dragons players and coaches have been previously announced to attend the game. They include former Dragons outfielders Austin Kearns and Chris Dickerson, former Dragons pitcher Todd Coffey, and former Dragons pitching coach/Reds legend Tom Browning. Meanwhile, the alumni team will include approximately 25 former Dragons players who are still playing in the Reds farm system.
Griffey was the starting right fielder on the "Big Red Machine" teams of the 1970's. He was a star on back-to-back Reds championship teams in '75 and '76, clubs that are regarded as among the best in baseball history. Griffey was a three-time National League all-star and the Most Valuable Player of the 1980 Major All-Star Game. He spent 19 years in the big leagues, collecting more than 2,100 hits in over 2,000 games from 1973-91.
Griffey's best season came in 1976 when he batted .336, finishing second in the race for the National League batting title, while scoring 111 runs and stealing 34 bases as the Reds went on to sweep the New York Yankees in four games in the World Series. Griffey, the father of hall-of-famer Ken Griffey Jr., remains one of the most popular former Reds players of all time.
Individual game tickets for the Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game are available now. Go to daytondragons.com/celebrationgame or Ticketmaster.com.
Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here: https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/20.
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