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Ken Griffey Jr. vs Willie Mays Comparison

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Ken Griffey Jr. vs Willie Mays Comparison

Head-to-head comparison of MLB Hall of Famer Willie Mays and future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. that includes stats, World Series, and awards.  Go to our Player Comparison page to check out other comparisons.

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Position, Height, and Teams

Position

Willie Mays – Centerfielder
Ken Griffey Jr. – Centerfielder

Height

Willie Mays – 5’10”
Ken Griffey Jr. – 6’3″

Teams

Willie Mays – 2 ( Giants, Mets) images images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 3 (Mariners, Reds, White Sox) images images images

World Series and Seasons Played

World Series 

Willie Mays – 1 (1954) images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 0

World Series Appearances 

Willie Mays – 4 (1951, 1954, 1962, 1973) images images images images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 0

Playoff Appearances

Willie Mays – 5 (1951, 1954, 1962, 1971, 1973) images images images images images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 3 (1995, 1997, 2008) images images images

Seasons Played

Willie Mays – 22 (1951-1973) (Didn’t play in 1953 due to Military Service) images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 22 (1989-2010) images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images

Awards and Honors

Hall of Fame

Willie Mays – Yes (94.7% in 1979) images
Ken Griffey Jr. – Yes (99.32% in 2016)

Number Retired

Willie Mays – Yes (24 Giants)
Ken Griffey Jr. – No

MVP

Willie Mays – 2 (1954, 1955) images images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 1 (1997) images

World Series MVP

Willie Mays – 0
Ken Griffey Jr. – 0

Rookie of the Year

Willie Mays – Yes (1951) images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 0

Gold Gloves

Willie Mays – 12* images images images images images images images images images images images images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 10  images images images images images images images images images images

Silver Slugger Award

Willie Mays – 0**
Ken Griffey Jr. – 7 (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996–1999) images images images images images images images

Home Run Champion

Willie Mays – 4 (1955, 1962, 1964, 1965) images images images images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 4 (1994, 1997, 1998, 1999) images images images images

All Star Games

Willie Mays – 24 images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 13 (1990–2000, 2004, 2007) images images images images images images images images images images images images images

All Star Game MVP

Willie Mays – 2 (1963, 1968) images images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 1 (1992) images

RBI Champion

Willie Mays – 0
Ken Griffey Jr. – 1 (1997) images

Comeback Player of the Year

Willie Mays – 0***
Ken Griffey Jr. – 1 (2005) images

* The Gold Glove Award didn’t start until 1957.

** Silver Slugger Award wasn’t introduced until 1980.

*** Comeback Player of the Year Award wasn’t introduced until 2005.

Regular Season Career Stats (Offense)

Games

Willie Mays – 2,992 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 2,671

At Bats

Willie Mays – 10,881 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 9,801

Plate Appearances

Willie Mays – 12,496 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 11,304

Batting Average

Willie Mays – .302 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – .284

Home Runs

Willie Mays – 660 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 630

RBIs

Willie Mays – 1,903 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 1,836

Hits

Willie Mays – 3,283 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 2,781

Runs

Willie Mays – 2,062 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 1,662

Doubles

Willie Mays – 523
Ken Griffey Jr. – 524 images

Triples

Willie Mays – 140 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 38

Stolen Bases

Willie Mays – 338 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 184

Walks

Willie Mays – 1,464 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 1,312

Strikeouts

Willie Mays – 1,526 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 1,779

On Base Percentage

Willie Mays – .384 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – .370

Slugging Percentage

Willie Mays – .557 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – .538

OPS

Willie Mays – .941 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – .907

OPS+

Willie Mays – 182 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 136

WAR

Willie Mays – 156.2 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 83.6

Regular Season Career Stats (Defense)

A baseball next to the player represents the winner of the comparison.  A baseball next to both players means a tie.

Games

Willie Mays – 2,842 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 2,382

Games Started

Willie Mays – 2,750 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 2,348

Innings 

Willie Mays – 24,426 2/3 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 20,325

Fielding Percentage

Willie Mays – .981
Ken Griffey Jr. – .985 images

Double Plays

Willie Mays – 60 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 43

Putouts

Willie Mays – 7,095 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 5,606

Errors

Willie Mays – 141
Ken Griffey Jr. – 89 images

Playoff Career Stats

Games

Willie Mays – 25 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 18

At Bats

Willie Mays – 89 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 69

Plate Appearances

Willie Mays – 99 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 79

Batting Average

Willie Mays – .247
Ken Griffey Jr. – .290 images

Home Runs

Willie Mays – 1
Ken Griffey Jr. – 6 images

RBIs

Willie Mays – 10
Ken Griffey Jr. – 11 images

Hits

Willie Mays – 22 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 20

Runs

Willie Mays – 12 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 12 images

On Base Percentage

Willie Mays – .323
Ken Griffey Jr. – .367 images

Doubles

Willie Mays – 5 images
Ken Griffey Jr. – 2

Slugging Percentage

Willie Mays – .337
Ken Griffey Jr. – .580 images

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