Today in Sports History: August 31

In 1990, baseball outfielders Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father and son to play on the same team (Seattle Mariners), the pair hit back-to-back singles in the first inning and both scored. It was a magical moment, Griffey Sr. was 40 years old and only days earlier he had been cut by the Cincinnati Reds after batting .206 over 46 games. Woody Woodward, the Vice-president of Baseball Operations for the Mariners later admitted that the decision to play the father and son duo was compelled by a marketing decision but the move paid off. Griffey Sr. went on to bat a ridiculous .377 batting average over the next 21 games. 

On September 14, 1990, the father and son made history again when they hit back-to-back homers against the California Angels. The Griffey name was present in Major League Baseball box scores for 41 straight years, from 1973 through 2010. Both Griffey Sr. and Griffey Jr. are in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

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