FARMINGTON — Baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr. is scheduled to appear during the Connie Mack World Series as part of the 50th anniversary celebration, CMWS Chairman Kim Carpenter confirmed on Friday.
Griffey will be one of five players inducted into the CMWS Hall of Fame along with former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and Farmington native Duane Ward, 9-year MLB veteran and former Kansas City Royals manager Tony Muser and Aztec native Larry Harlow, who played six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels.
Carpenter said Larkin was also scheduled to appear during the opening ceremonies but had to cancel a couple of days ago to be at a Baseball Hall of Fame event in Europe.
Ward, Muser and Harlow have not yet been confirmed to make appearances, but Carpenter said they are working toward having all three players at the event, which runs Aug. 1-8.
Griffey was a member of the Midland Redskins from 1985-1987. He retired from baseball in 2010 after 22 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox in which he amassed 630 home runs.
Larkin also played for the Redskins in 1981 and 1982 and 19 seasons for the Reds. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.
Ward pitched nine seasons for Toronto and the Atlanta Braves, winning the 1992 and 1993 World Series with the Blue Jays.
Muser played in the city's inaugural CMWS in 1965, and Carpenter said he was the first player to make it to the Major Leagues after competing in Farmington.
He played with the White Sox, Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers from 1969-1978 and managed the Royals from 1997-2002.
Harlow appeared in 449 games from 1975-1981 as an outfielder for the Orioles and Angels.