EAST MEADOW — Joining Jim Thome in the BEML Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is Ken Griffey, Jr. “The Kid” rides into the Hall mainly on the basis of his stellar early BEML years on Legion of Doom (a/k/a Team Bill), for whom he cranked 190 HRs and 499 RBI between 1994-1999.
Despite missing the 1995 season, Griffey crushed 340 HRs in the BEML’s first eight seasons, hitting 40+ dongs in seven of those years. Though he never won the MVP, Junior racked up four BEML championships, leading Legion of Doom to their lone 1994 title. Fittingly, he enters the East Meadow Public Library as the lone representative of the Legion of Doom in the Hall.
Griffey was oft-injured but carried a potent stick when healthy. To wit, after several years on the DL from 2001-2004, he returned to health in 2005, took a league minimum salary and carried the Ballbags (a/k/a Haus of Thrones) to their only title, hitting .301 with 35 HRs.