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Reds Hall of Fame adds 3 Cincinnati Kids in '14

Published: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 @ 7:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 @ 7:36 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

The Reds Hall of Fame will add Cincinnati kids Ken Griffey Jr., Dave Parker and Ron Oester and 19th century player Jake Beckley as the next four players inducted in 2014.

Griffey Jr., who played for Moeller High School, was the top vote-getter selected by fans, alumni and media through the Modern Player Ballot, presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett.

Parker (former Courter Technical High School), Oester (Withrow) and Beckley were selected by the Veterans Committee, comprised of Reds Hall of Fame members and executives, baseball historians and members of the media.

The four will be honored during 2014 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, which will be announced at a later date.

• Ken Griffey Jr., a center fielder, was one of the most iconic players ever to wear a Reds uniform and was a three-time National League All-Star during his eight-and-a-half seasons in Cincinnati.

• Dave Parker, a right fielder, played four seasons for the Reds from 1984 to 1987 and was a two-time National League All-Star.

• Rob Oester, a second baseman, played his entire 13-year Major League career with the Reds and appeared in more games at second base than all but two players in franchise history.

• Jake Beckley,a first baseman, played seven seasons for the Reds from 1897 to 1903 and his .325 average ranks third on the Reds all-time list.

"The Class of 2014 showcases the great baseball heritage we have in Cincinnati with three of the four inductees being products of youth and high school baseball in the Queen City," said Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. "And the addition of 19th century star and National Baseball Hall of Famer Jake Beckley makes for arguably our strongest induction class ever."

The induction of Griffey, Jr., Parker, Oester and Beckley will bring the Hall's membership ranks to 79 players, three managers and three executives.