A key part of the Big Red Machine will appear at the Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game on Saturday, March 30.
Ken Griffey Sr., an outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds World Series champions of 1975 and 1976, will attend the game, which will be played at 2 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 1970s. 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. A three-time National League All-Star and the Most Valuable Player of the 1980 Major League All-Star Game, the father of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. spent 19 years in the big leagues. He ripped more than 2,100 hits in 2,000-plus games from 1973-91.
In 1976, Griffey posted his best season 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 the World Series. He remains one of the most popular former Reds players of all time.
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.