Seattle Mariners vs California Angels
September 14, 1990 Box Score

The California Angels defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-5 at Anaheim Stadium during this game, prompting Ken Griffey Jr. to say in the post game press conference, "We finally did it. Not that we talked about it that often, but we've talked about hitting homers on the same day. I just wish we would've won. That would've helped."
The "we finally did it" referred to The Kid , and his father Ken Griffey (Sr), making Major League Baseball history, becoming the first father-and-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in the same game.

"That might be the only way to top the drama Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. have produced in their two weeks as teammates. The drama reached its climax in the first inning Friday night against California. With Harold Reynolds aboard on a walk, the elder Griffey struck a homer for a 2-0 lead. Following his father to the plate, young Griffey homered four pitches later, for a 3-0 lead and countless chills." - The Associated Press (09/15/1990. The Indianapolis News . Griffeys homer back to back . Page B4)


Dave Winfield homered in the bottom of the third inning, his Angels trailing 2-3 with runners on first and third, giving California a temporary lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Winfield homered a second time, with the score tied 5-5, a runner on third, sealing the victory. However, this historic game is often remembered for the home runs hit by two players on the losing team, The Griffeys:

Like father, like son.

First inning. Score tied 0-0. Harold Reynolds on base (walk). Kirk McCaskill pitching. An 0-2 count. Ken Griffey hammered the fourth pitch thrown to him 402 feet, clearing the wall in center field. On deck? Ken Griffey Jr. , his son, and the pair exchanged a high five (photo below) as they crossed paths.

First inning. Next batter. Score 2-0. Kirk McCaskill pitching. A 3-0 count. Ken Griffey Jr. hammered the fourth pitch thrown to him 388 feet, clearing the left field fence. Fathers and sons everywhere, chills.

Dave Winfield said, "It was an unbelievable thing to see, even though I don't like to see it done against us, but the people got a real treat. The whole thing is great for baseball. I'm good friends of both, and I know the opportunity to play with his son makes Griffey more proud than anything he's done in his life."


Griffeys Back to Back | MLB Advanced Media, LP | September 14, 1990
Did you know that the Cincinnati Reds released Griffey (Sr) on August 24, 1990, enabling the Mariners to sign him five days later, and after he suited-up in Seattle, Junior and him became the first father-and-son teammates in baseball history?
Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr High Five After Both Homering
The Griffeys | The Indianapolis News | September 15, 1990

Fred Schwed, Jr., in How to Watch a Baseball Game (1957) wrote our favorite baseball box score quote, "The baseball box score is the pithiest form of written communication in America today. It is abbreviated history. It is two or three hours (the box score even gives that item to the minute) of complex activity, virtually inscribed on the head of a pin, yet no knowing reader suffers from eyestrain."

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