Ken Griffey Jr in the Nike Griffey 2

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Ken Griffey Jr. Hits 250th HR in the Nike Air Griffey Metal

Ken Griffey Jr. is known for being one of the most outstanding hitters of all time. Throughout the '90s, no pitcher was safe any time Griffey stepped up to the plate. And on April 25, 1997, “The Kid” was up to his usual tricks as he blasted three home runs in a game against Toronto. The third and final HR was Griffey's 250th of his major league career. At age 27, he was one of the youngest players of all time to reach the mark. In 2010, Griffey retired with 630 career home runs.

In 1997, Griffey was in the cleated version of the Nike Air Griffey Max 2, the Air Griffey Metal. One of the earliest and most popular models of his signature line, the Air Griffey Metal was aesthetically similar to the Air Griffey Max 2 but featured Zoom Air and a field-ready cleat setup in place of Max Air cushioning.

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