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Baseball was Brock Vereen’s favorite sport as a child in the 1990s, but the former NFL safety feels the game didn’t always welcome him. One Hall of Famer’s emergence changed that.
Vereen says Ken Griffey Jr. is the Black athlete who inspired him most, and Griffey Jr.’s influence ran much deeper than his picture-perfect swing.
“As a young Black kid, you look at baseball – especially in the ’90s – and you don’t feel welcome at some aspects of it,” said Vereen, a Big Ten Network analyst. “But Ken Griffey Jr. was the coolest player with the backwards hat he had, the most beautiful swing to this day. And while I would argue an issue with baseball to this…