Former Baseball Player Visits AiG with His Family

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Over the years, I’ve become something of a baseball fan, partly because I have a grandson who plays Little League baseball. (I still have a preference for cricket, though! After all, I grew up in Australia.) For any die-hard baseball fan who reads my blogs and social media posts, our staff came up with a baseball riddle: what do baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. and All Star Bo Jackson have in common with our chapel presenter last week at AiG, outfielder Mike Kingery?

I’ve been told by our staff that Mike played for several baseball teams in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1994 (a strike-shortened season), he batted a remarkable .349. Now, here is the answer to the riddle above about Mike.

While Mike was a fine baseball player, he became known for being “bumped’ by some tremendously talented baseball players. When he was with the Kansas City Royals, Bo Jackson (who was also a great football player) joined the team, and Mike lost his outfield position to Bo. Then, Mike was traded to the Seattle Mariners. When he was in Seattle, the young superstar Ken Griffey Jr. (from our Cincinnati area) was called up to the majors, and Mike lost his outfield position again!

Mike Kingery Baseball Card

Of course, Mike, a Christian, was not bitter about the business of baseball and accepted being traded during his career, especially as other highly talented players kept entering the league.

Mike and his family—The Kingery Family Singers—blessed our staff last week with a musical performance that had a Bluegrass flair to it. Mike also spoke briefly about his baseball career and took some questions. Unfortunately, I was in South Carolina at the time and missed all of it.

  • Kingery Family Singing
  • Mike Kingery Speaking

You can learn more about Mike’s baseball training facility for youth located in Minnesota by visiting solidfoundationbaseball.com.

Here is Mike’s family at the Ark last week.

Kingery Family at the Ark

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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