Wired 25: Hip-Hop's 25 Favorite Athletes
10. Ken Griffey Jr.
Namedrop: "But that's like pickin up a ball, playin with Mike, Swingin at Ken Griffey or challengin Roy to a fight." - LL Cool J, "4,3,2,1," Phenomenon.
Baseball has long been the American pastime, the white American pastime. It wasn't until a 19-year-old prodigy known as "The Kid" came into the game and revolutionized baseball. Although his career was somewhat shortened by injuries, he still swung his way into the MLB record books. The backward cap wearing all-star for the Seattle Mariners had the smoothest swing in the game and played the game with a style that hasn't been matched since. He also made it cool to wear baseball sneakers in the streets.