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Ken griffey jr shoes 1998

Ken griffey jr shoes 1998

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Ken Griffey Jr. was the closest thing baseball had to Michael Jordan, and while his Swingman line will never surpass the Air Jordan line in terms of sales and popularity, it does have a special place in sneaker culture.

At the height of his powers in 1996, Nike invited Griffey to join its exclusive signature roster, which was reserved for the best of the best: Jordan, Andre Agassi, Jackson and Sanders to name a few.

Signature sneaker lines are successful not because of talent but because of a player’s personality. Baseball has always been a tough sport to build around a single player. Players wear cleats and are expected to have this clean-cut image (see Yankees beard rules). Then Griffey showed up and stole the show. Personality sales. Charisma sales. Jordan had it. Kobe had it. LeBron has it. Griffey was the answer for baseball.

Griffey was everywhere at a certain point in time: making an appearance on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the film Little Big League and various video games such as Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball and Ken Griffey Jr.’s Slugfest.

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