Baseball America magazine called him the best selection in the history of the MLB Draft.
He played 22 seasons, hit 630 home runs, won 10 Golden Glove awards and seven Silver Sluggers. He also has one of the coolest signature sneakers in all of baseball history.
That’s right, we’re talking about Ken Griffey, Jr.
The Hall of Fame center fielder had an incredible career, particularly in a Seattle Mariners uniform, but even the most clueless-about-baseball sneakerheads will know his name and the most iconic colorway of his signature shoe.
The Nike Air Griffey Max 1 is a cross-trainer modeled after Griffey Jr.’s on-field cleats, and the famous ‘Freshwater’ colorway, which released earlier this year, took shades from those mid-90s Mariners uniforms for a true retro feel.
Since its 1996 OG release, the ‘Freshwater’ has only re-appeared once, in 2016, and Seattle and sneaker fans alike have been anticipating another release.
The newest iteration, the Air Griffey Max 1 ‘Varsity Royal,’ incorporates the lush namesake colorway along with fresh white panels, black and Volt detailing.
A colorway not seen since the silhouette’s 2009 retro release, these will definitely turn heads this summer.