CINCINNATI -- Three home-grown stars - outfielders Ken Griffey, Jr., and Dave Parker and second baseman Ron Oester - will join first baseman Jake Beckley as the 2014 inductees in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
“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 four will be honored during the 2014 Reds Hall of Fame induction weekend. The date for the event has not been set.
Griffey, Jr. (Moeller High School) hit his milestone 500th and 600th career home runs during his 8 1/2 seasons in Cincinnati. He was a three-time National League All-Star.
Parker (former Courter Tech High) was a two-time All-Star during his four seasons with the Reds.
Oester (Withrow High) 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.
Beckley played seven seasons for the Reds from 1897 to 1903. His .325 average ranks third on the Reds all-time list.
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 media.
Introducing The Class Of 2014
Ken Griffey, Jr. (2000-2008)
Griffey’s trade from the Mariners on Feb. 10, 2000, was one of the most celebrated moments in Reds history. During his inaugural Reds season, Griffey slugged 40 home runs and knocked in 118 runs. He ranks seventh on the Reds all-time home run list with 210, sixth on the club’s all-time list in career on-base plus slugging percentage (.876) and fourth on the Reds all-time list in career slugging percentage (.514). He will join his father, Ken Griffey, Sr., as the only father-son combination in the Hall.
Dave Parker (1984–1987)
One of the most intimidating hitters of his era, “The Cobra” became the first major free-agent acquisition in Reds history in December, 1983. Over the next four seasons, Parker was a fixture in the middle of the Reds lineup and was crucial to the club’s resurgence to postseason contention. He was chosen the Reds’ Most Valuable Player for three straight seasons (1984-85-86). In 1985, Parker had one of the best offensive seasons in club history, batting .312 with a league-best 125 RBI and ranking second in the league in home runs (34), hits (198) and slugging percentage (.551). For his Reds career, Parker averaged nearly 27 home runs and 108 RBI per season and also won two Silver Slugger Awards. Parker remains a resident of the Queen City.
Ron Oester (1978–1990)
Oester played his entire 17-year pro career in the Reds organization. including 13 years at the Major League level. Drafted by the Reds in the ninth round in 1974, Oester made his Reds debut in 1978 and began making regular appearances in the Reds lineup in 1980 when he finished fourth in voting for NL Rookie of the Year Award. He rebounded from a major knee injury in 1987 to win MLB’s Hutch Award in 1988. In his final season in 1990, Oester was a key player off the bench during the Reds World Championship season and scored the winning run in the pennant-clinching game over the Pirates in Game 6 of the NLCS. After his playing career, Oester spent six seasons with the Reds as a coach. He remains a Cincinnati resident.
Jake Beckley (1897-1903)
Born in Hannibal, Mo., in 1867, “Eagle Eye” Beckley was the Reds starting first baseman from the time of his acquisition in May, 1897 through 1903. One of the top hitters of his era, Beckley batted over .300 in six of his seven seasons with the Reds and his .325 career average as a Red ranks third on the club’s all-time list. In various seasons, Beckley ranked among the league’s leaders in average, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, triples, home runs and RBI. At the time of his retirement in 1907, his 244 overall career triples ranked first in the history of the game. His 77 triples as a Red stil ranks third on the franchise’s all-time list. One of the period’s true characters, Beckley was an aficionado of the hidden ball trick, successfully executing the play multiple times. He was also known for his unorthodox bunting style that found him flipping the bat in his hands while the pitch was in flight and using the handle to hit the ball. Beckley was only 50 years old when he died of heart failure in 1918. He was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.
The 2014 inductions will bring the Hall’s membership to 79 players, three managers and three executives.