By Mark Carpenter
For fans who remember the glory days of the Big Red Machine, another member of that memorable team has written a book chronicling his time in Cincinnati as well as the thrill of playing on the same major league field with his son.
Ken Griffey, Sr. was the right fielder for those memorable Reds teams and has recently published “Big Red: Baseball, Fatherhood, and My Life in the Big Red Machine.” Combining with author Phil Pepe, Griffey reflects on his 19-year major league career beginning with his days out of high school and relating his decision to venture into the baseball business, while documenting his time as a scout, coach, and manager. He also writes of his accomplishments as a father who raised two professional baseball players.
The book highlights Griffey’s memories of winning the 1975 and 1976 World Series and being part of the “greatest game ever played”, Game 6 of the 1975 Series. He also details his memories of playing along side Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose, as well as being part of The Bronx Zoo in New York with Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, and George Steinbrenner. Griffey also writes about his ultimate thrill of his career and of being a father, playing in the same outfield with his son Ken Griffey, Jr.
“Big Red” is the story of a life in baseball, but it’s much more than that. Ken Griffey’s story is one of his love of baseball, love of family, and love for life, and a true glimpse of what it is like when baseball really does run in the family.
Fans who might want to meet Griffey, Sr. and get a copy of the book will have the opportunity on April 4 when he will hold a book signing in Newport, Ky. at the Kroger store at 130 Pavilion Parkway. The signing will run from 10-11:30 a.m.