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Reds HOF Class '14: Oester, Parker, Griffey Jr, Beckley

Posted August 9th, 2014 @ 7:00am

Reds Hall of Fame Class 2014
-Ken Griffey Jr.
-Ron Oester
-Dave Parker
-19th-century player Jake Beckley. Griffey Jr. was the top vote-getter selected by fans, alumni and media through the modern player ballot. Parker, Oester and Beckley were selected by the Veterans Committee, comprised of Reds Hall of Fame members and executives, baseball historians and members of the media. More info HERE  

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Dave Parker
*1970 graduate of Courter Tech High School. 
*One of the most intimidating hitters of his era.
*The first major free-agent signing by the franchise in December 1983.
*Played four seasons with Reds 1984-87.
*Reds team MVP each season 1984-1986.
*2x National League All-Star, 2x Sporting News All-Star and winner of 2 Silver Slugger Awards during Reds career.
*In 1985, Parker hit .312 with NL-best 125 RBI and ranked 2nd in NL home runs (34), hits (198) and SLG (.551). 
*2nd 1985 NL MVP voting to Willie McGee.
*Parker averaged nearly 27 home runs and 108 RBI per season as a Red.
Career stats HERE

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Ron Oester
*1974 graduate of Withrow High School. 
*Selected by Reds in 9th round of 1974 amateur draft.
*Played entire 17-year pro baseball career in Reds organization, including 13 years at ML level. 
*Made ML debut in 1978.
*Finished 4th in voting for 1980 NL Rookie of the Year. 
*Starting 2B six consecutive seasons.
*Suffered major knee injury in July of 1987.
*Won Major League Baseball's Hutch Award in 1988 for his comeback. 
*Key reserve during 1990 World Championship season.
*Scored winning run in Reds Game 6 pennant winner vs Pirates in 1990 NLCS. 
*Spent six seasons with the Reds as a ML coach.
Career stats HERE

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Ken Griffey Jr
*Moeller High School.
*Returned home after Reds acquired him in a trade with Mariners on Feb. 10, 2000.
*In his first season with Reds: 40 HR, 118 RBI, NL All-Star.
*From 2000-08, batted .270 with 210 HR and 602 RBI. 
*Only player in Reds history to hit his 500th and 600th career home runs as a Red. 
*In 2005, received NL Comeback Player of the Year award and selected as Reds team MVP.
*7th all-time in HR in franchise history, 6th with .876 OPS and 4th with .514 SLG.
*Griffey and father, Ken Griffey Sr., only father-son duo to in Reds HOF.
Career stats HERE

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Jake Beckley
*Beckley was the Reds starting 1B from the time of his acquisition in May of 1897 through the 1903 season. 
*Nicknamed "Eagle Eye".
*Hit over .300 in 6 of 7 seasons with Reds.
*.325 career average ranks third on Reds all-time list. 
*77 triples as a Red ranks third on the franchise's all-time list.
*His 244 overall career triples ranked first in MLB history at time of retirement. 
*Know for the hidden ball trick, successfully executed the play multiple times. 
*Bunting style included flipping the bat in hands while the pitch was in flight and using the handle to hit the ball. 
*Beckley was 50 years old when he died of heart failure in 1918. 
*He was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.
Career stats HERE

Ken Griffey Jr

Dave Parker


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