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1987 #1 Draft Pick – Ken Griffey Jr.

Here is the second card in the countdown to the 2010 MLB draft. What team wouldn’t love to get a player like Griffey this year? I guess that I never really paid attention to the fact that he was a number one overall pick. I do remember two years later though when his cards hit the market. His 1989 Fleer and Upper Deck cards were the ones to have. I can’t remember it now, but there was a trick to pulling a Griffey in the cello packs. For that reason I have many 1989 Fleer Griffey’s in my collection.

I always loved to watch Griffey play so I was excited in 2008 when Kenny Williams finally got the deal done to bring him to Chicago. I never did get to see him hit a home run, but it was great just to be able to watch him patrol the outfield as a Chicago White Sox player. The following year he was playing for the Mariners in the first game of a doubleheader. It was kind of a full circle moment for me as I watched him play for his first club. I still have the poster of Griffey and his dad that they gave away in the late 80’s.

It was hard for me to find a picture for this card. Not too many fit the card format, and I had to settle on this one. It was taken in September of 2008 in old Yankee Stadium. I have some of him in a Mariner uniform, but they are from over his head, and you cannot see him very well.

Here are the picks of the first round in 1987. I see two sure Hall of Famers in the 26 picks. Not to bad a ratio.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners OF Moeller HS (Cincinnati, OH)
2 Mark Merchant Pittsburgh Pirates OF Oviedo (FL) HS
3 Willie Banks Minnesota Twins RHP Saint Anthony’s HS (Jersey City, NJ)
4 Mike Harkey Chicago Cubs RHP Cal State Fullerton
5 Jack McDowell Chicago White Sox RHP Stanford University
6 Derek Lilliquist Atlanta Braves LHP University of Georgia
7 Chris Myers Baltimore Orioles LHP Plant HS (Tampa, FL)
8 Dan Opperman Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Valley HS (Las Vegas, NV)
9 Kevin Appier Kansas City Royals RHP Antelope Valley College
10 Kevin Garner San Diego Padres RHP University of Texas
11 Lee Tinsley Oakland Athletics OF Shelby County HS (Shelbyville, KY)
12 Delino DeShields Montreal Expos SS Seaford (DE) HS
13 Bill Spiers Milwaukee Brewers SS Clemson University
14 Cris Carpenter Saint Louis Cardinals RHP University of Georgia
15 Brad DuVall Baltimore Orioles RHP Virginia Tech
16 Mike Remlinger San Francisco Giants LHP Dartmouth College
17 Alex Sanchez Toronto Blue Jays RHP University of California, Los Angeles
18 Jack Armstrong Cincinnati Reds RHP University of Oklahoma
19 Brian Bohanon Texas Rangers LHP North Shore HS (Houston, TX)
20 Bill Henderson Detroit Tigers C Westminster Christian School
21 Steve Pegues Detroit Tigers OF Pontotoc (MS) HS
22 Craig Biggio Houston Astros C Seton Hall University
23 Bill Haselman Texas Rangers C University of California, Los Angeles
24 Chris Donnels New York Mets 3B Loyola Marymount University
25 John Orton California Angels C Cal Poly
26 Reggie Harris Boston Red Sox RHP Waynesboro (VA) HS

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