The Griffey Jr. and Sr. Air Max 1 Honors Baseball’s Royal Family

The Griffey Jr. and Sr. Air Max 1 Honors Baseball’s Royal Family

It’s been five years and Nike is finally bringing back the Air Griffey Max 1 in a host of original color schemes. This time the brand isn’t just honoring “The Kid.” The new  Air Force 1 will commemorate both Ken Griffey Jr. and his Dad, Ken Griffey Sr. who was also a dope MLB outfielder and teammate with his son for one season.

They remain the only father-son duo to go back-to-back in an MLB game.



The left and right shoe are dedicated to Jr. and Sr. respectively, with the suffixes appearing atop the Swoosh on the mustaches and on the insoles. Their numbers, 24 and 30, also appear on the lateral side of the heel, while the tongue lining is mismatched with blue on the left and yellow and the right. Red stitching on the heel mimics that of a baseball, cementing the Air Force 1’s connection to America’s pastime.

Nike doesn’t hitch its brand to Black baseball players often. In 2020, ESPN compiled a list of the top 100 most famous athletes around the world and not a single MLB player was ranked.

Tim Anderson has appeared in Nike ads and seems to be the “face of Nike” for baseball, but when it comes to being able to sell signature shoes, Griffey Jr. locked that down years ago when he transcended the sport and inspired generations of Black ballplayers. Too often, the father is overlooked when telling the story of the Black superstar, but Griffey Sr.’s role in Junior’s life is undeniable and he deserves to be honored as well.

Ken Griffey Jr. Sr. Nike Air Force 1

Back in the 90s, Nike was swooping in and hitching their wagon to the greatest emerging cross-training and captivating athletes. Griffey Jr. followed Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders as the face of the show giant’s cross-training line.

According to reports, when it came time to design his signature shoe, Griffey Jr. had one simple instruction for the designer: “Just make it loud.”

”At that time, I wanted to be different than everyone else,” Griffey Jr. told Sole Collector in a 2009 interview. “I think that was the one thing I wanted. A big ol’ Swoosh on there, too, and I wanted a strap. I think I was really adamant about the strap.”

Ken Griffey Jr. Sr. Nike Air Force 1

The Air Griffey Max 1 was a slow roller in the mainstream but quickly became a go-to hood classic in the streets of New York.  Later on, it would take on a more iconic status for sneakerheads — standing out more than any of his subsequent sneakers.

LeBron James even paid homage to the original “Fresh Water” color scheme with a pair of his limited-edition #LeBronWatch sneakers in 2018.

The Griffey Jr. and Sr. Air Max 1 don’t yet have a release date but should be dropping relatively soon. In the meantime, the Air Griffey Max 1 “Royal” is slated to release this week — and an Air Vapormax that commemorates Jr.’s iconic “Spider-Man catch” is also on the way.

Tim Anderson Returns Rocking The Nike Air Max Griffeys Honoring Jackie Robinson

Tim Anderson Returns Rocking The Nike Air Max Griffeys Honoring Jackie Robinson

Nike celebrates the silver anniversary of the Air Max Griffey 1 by honoring Jackie Robinson on Jackie Robinson Day. 


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After the release of the often-sought-after freshwater colorway last month, Nike pays homage to Jackie Robinson with the kids’ signature shoe. The Jackie Robinson-inspired pair features Robinson’s iconic number 42, replacing Griffeys’ 24 on the insole and across both ankle straps. 


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Accompanying the number swap will be one of Robinson’s famous quotes, “There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free,” that will appear across the ankle collar of the strap as well.

Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson, who returned to the lineup after spending 9 days on the IL, was one of the players rocking these special editions Griffeys. Anderson’s team fell to the Indians 4-2, but he had a couple of knocks and honored Jackie appropriately.

Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947, when he made his Major League Baseball debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. After having his jersey retired in 1997, the MLB donned April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day across the league.

In 2007, it was Griffey who asked MLB if he could honor Jackie by wearing No, 42



With Griffey as the light that sparked the idea, in 2009, the MLB requested that all players and on-field personnel wear the iconic number 42 during games on Jackie Robinson Day. 

Before having his number 42 retired by all 30 MLB franchises, Robinson achieved a Rookie of the Year, a World Series ring, six All-Star appearances, National League MVP, and a National League Batting championship, to name a few of his many accolades.

His most impactful award was forging a path for other players of color and becoming a prominent politician, activist, and leader of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Jackie was the first African-American to be VP of a major corporation (Choc Full O Nuts) and the first Black bank owner (Freedom National in Harlem in the 1960s). He was first in way more than just baseball.


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Release day for the special edition colorway will be available April 24 via the SNKRS app and at select retailers for $170.