The Cincinnati Reds have had a history of great players that have been a part of the oldest franchise in major league baseball history. Four players will become engrained in the clubs history when they will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame during Hall of Fame weekend August 8-10.
Ken Griffey Jr. (Outfielder, 2000-2008)
Ken Griffey Jr. spent over eight of his 22 total seasons in Cincinnati. "The Kid" was a member of the Seattle Mariners until 2000 when he was traded to Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Moeller grad played in just shy of 1000 games batting over .260, crushing over 200 home runs and driving in over 550 runs. Although injuries plagued Griffey at times in his career, Junior was a fan favorite in the Queen City. He delivered a memorable moment on June 20, 2004 when he hit his 500th career home run on Father's Day. He ended his illustrious career with 630 total home runs and will most likely be known as one of the best players of the era if not all-time.
Ron Oester (Second Base, 1978-1990)
Ron Oester was born and raised a Cincinnati boy, which made it all but fitting that he spent his entire 17-year career (12 in the Majors) with the Reds. Making his debut in 1978, Oester began seeing significant time in 1980 when he finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting. He appeared in over 1200 career games including six consecutive seasons as a starting second baseman. One of Oester's biggest moments came in his final season when he crossed the plate as the winning run in the Reds' ALCS-clinching game against the Pirates. He also spent time as a coach following his playing career.
Dave Parker (Outfielder, 1984-1987)
As a seven-time All-Star, Dave Parker spent just four season in a Reds uniform where he made two appearances in the Mid-Summer Classic. He batted .281 with 107 homers and 432 runs batted in. His best season came in 1985 when "The Cobra" batted .312 with an impressive, and league-best 125 RBIs. He also ranked second in home runs, hits and slugging percentage where he totaled 34, 198, and .551, respectively.
Jake Beckley (First Base, 1897-1903)
Beckley had a 20-year career, seven of those in Cincinnati. After acquiring the first basemen in 1897, "Eagle Eye" had some of the best seasons of his Hall of Fame career. He batted over .300 in six seasons and even ranks third on the Reds' all-time career average list (.325). Beckley continuously showed off his offensive prowess by finding himself at the top, or near the top of the league leaders in multiple categories such as batting average, slugging percentage, hits, double, triples, home runs, and RBIs. Unfortunately, Beckley's life was cut short when he died of heart failure in 1918 at the young age of 50. He was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for August 9 before the Reds take on the Marlins at 7:10 ET. The following evening is the Reds Hall of Fame Induction Gala set to place place at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky.
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