So you might be asking yourself what a major league baseball player has to do with entertainment? Usually, not much. But for Ken Griffey, Jr., the man has been part of the entertainment world for nearly two decades. Griffey announced his retirement today from baseball, after 22 years in the big leagues. While he is among the top players in many categories including HRs (5th) as well as being a 10-time gold glove recipient, Griffey has made an impact in movies, television, and video games.
Here is Griffey’s entertainment background:
- Appearances in the television shows The Simpsons (“Homer at the Bat”) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (“Love Hurts”) as well as small parts in the movies Little Big League and Summer Catch.
- Featured as the star of the Super Nintendo games Ken Griffey, Jr. Presents Major League Baseball and Ken Griffey, Jr.’s Winning Run, the N64 games Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr. and Ken Griffey, Jr.’s Slugfest. A Game Boy version of Ken Griffey, Jr. Presents Major League Baseball and Ken Griffey, Jr.’s Slugfest were also created.
- Griffey also performed in rapper Kid Sensation’s track “The Way I Swing”.
No, you probably won’t be seeing Griffey in movies in the future or anymore television episodes, but today truly ends an era. ‘The Kid’, as he is known, is heading off to greener pastures.