Melissa Griffey: Who is the wife of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.?

Melissa Griffey: Who is the wife of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.? | Photo credit: Seattle Sounders


Melissa Griffey: Who is the wife of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.? | Photo credit: Seattle Sounders

Melissa Griffey: Who is the wife of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.?

Seye Omidiora 22:04 - 04.09.2023

Everything you need to know about Melissa Griffey, whose marriage to former Major League Baseball outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. brought to some prominence.

All things considered, Melissa Griffey has led an ordinary life despite the lure of being in the public eye.

Married to Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., Melissa’s humanitarian endeavours and experience working with charities for disadvantaged children have stood out. 

In conjunction with her husband, both spend time and resources on the Boys and Girls Club, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Melissa Griffey husband Ken Griffey Jr.
Melissa Griffey and long-term husband and Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. | Photo credit: Instagram (@therealkengriffeyjr)

Unbeknown to many, she is also a former soccer player, even if there is no record of her ever playing professionally. But what else is there to know about Ken Griffey Jr.’s self-effacing partner?

How old is Melissa Griffey?

Melissa Griffey was born in Florida on June 25, 1969. According to Web of Bio, the 54-year-old’s birth name is Melissa Dorot Gay.

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Melissa Griffey has been married to Ken Griffey Jr. for three decades | Photo credit: Instagram (@therealkengriffeyjr)

Melissa Griffey’s ethnicity

Melissa Griffey is Black American.

Melissa Griffey’s parents

There is little or no information about Melissa Griffey’s birth parents. And the same applies to her adoptive ones.

What is known is that she was given up for adoption at an early age, and the 54-year-old owes her upbringing to the latter, who took her in and helped her through her formative years.

Melissa Griffey's education

With Melissa Griffey not revealing much about her education, there are minimal details about her schooling background and educational level.

According to Biography Mask, Melissa completed high school, but little is known if she started or completed higher education.

However, according to, she graduated from a university in the United States of America. However, the finer details — discipline, the university’s name, etc. — remain unknown.

Where does Melissa Griffey live?

Melissa Griffey and her husband — Ken Griffey Jr. — reside in Florida.

Melissa Griffey’s husband

Melissa Griffey was brought to the limelight by Ken Griffey Jr.’s fame. And there is a lot to tell about her husband of 30 years, with their 31st anniversary slated for October 2023.

Born in Donora, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1969, it could have been over before his celebrated career and long-term marriage began, when “Junior” abused aspirin in a suicide attempt.

This was an upshot of anger, depression and constant arguments with his father — Ken Griffey Sr. — who was a three-time All-Star and became a Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame inductee in 2004.

According to his account of events to the Seattle Times in 1992, Griffey Jr. ingested 277 aspirin pills but was saved by his then girlfriend’s proactive mother, who drove him to Providence Hospital in Mount Airy, Ohio, where his stomach was pumped and he was placed in intensive care.

"It seemed like my father and I were always fighting," Griffey recounted to the Seattle Times.

"It seemed like everyone was yelling at me in baseball, then I came home and everyone was yelling at me there.

"I got depressed. I got angry. I didn't want to live.”

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A young Ken Griffey Jr. | Photo credit: Instagram (@therealkengriffeyjr)

Junior revealed how that incident precipitated a better understanding relationship with his father, who lived to witness his son’s success and blissful marriage.

Melissa and Ken got married in 1992, five years after they met, according to At the time of their marriage, the outfielder was at an embryonic stage of his Major League Baseball career with the Seattle Mariners, who made him the first pick in the 1987 MLB Draft.

“The Kid” became a household name for baseball supporters, outdoing the entire league for home runs in three consecutive seasons — 1997, 1998 and 1999 — and four times altogether, with the first coming in 1994 — about two years after his marriage to Melissa.

He was a fan favourite throughout his initial 11-season spell with the Mariners franchise (1989-1999), with the honour of claiming the 1997 Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). The Kid was the first-ever Mariners player to claim the honour.

He spent most of his career in MLB at the Seattle franchise and Cincinnati Reds (2000-2008), while there was a short spell with the Chicago White Sox before returning to the Mariners for his swansong.

Frankly, injuries limited one of MLB’s greatest home-run hitters in his final years, but it takes nothing away from the Kid, who ended his career with 630 home runs — seventh-most in Major League Baseball history.

Furthermore, Ken Griffey won ten Gold Glove Awards in center field and is level for the record of most consecutive games with a home run — eight, with Don Mattingly and Dale Long.

The 13-time All-Star played 2671 games in his MLB career that spanned 22 years. Despite the injuries that meant he featured less frequently in the latter years; the Kid undoubtedly fulfilled the potential that made him the number one Draft pick in 1987.

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Ken Griffey Jr. was an outstanding left-handed batter | Photo credit: IMAGO

Indeed, Griffey’s greatest honour came when he was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2016.

“A five-tool center fielder whose sweet swing and winning smile made him a dominant force and a fan favorite, particularly in the Pacific Northwest over 22 years,” was how the Hall of Famer was described on his Plaque.

“Hit .284 and totaled 630 home runs, including seven seasons of 40 or more. A 13-time All-Star, winning game MVP in 1992.

“Also won 10 consecutive Gold Glove awards. Named 1997 American League MVP. Homered in eight straight games, tying Major League record.

First overall draft pick in 1987. Easy-going nature and love of the game helped define a new era for baseball's popularity.”

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Ken Griffery Jr.'s Hall of Fame Plaque | Photo credit: Baseball Hall

Melissa Griffey’s children

Melissa Griffey’s 31-year marriage to Ken Griffey Jr. has been blessed with three children — two biological and an adopted child.

The union’s first offspring — Trey Griffey (Ken Griffey III) — was born on January 19, 1994, while the couple had a daughter — Taryn Griffey — together on October 21, 1995.

Years later, Ken and Melissa Griffey filed for the adoption of their third child — Tevin Kendall (now Tevin Griffey) — who was born on May 5, 2002.

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L-R: Trey Griffey, Ken Griffey, Melissa Griffey, Taryn Griffey, Tevin Griffey | Photo credit: Sports Lulu

Notably, all three are sportspeople. According to, Trey Griffey played for Arizona University and the Seattle Mariners football team, Taryn Griffey represented the women’s basketball team when she attended the University of Arizona and Tevin Griffey was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) from 2017 to 2019.

Melissa Griffey's net worth

Due to being a stay-at-home mom, Melissa Griffey’s net worth is relatively unknown. However, Ken Griffey Jr.’s estimated net worth in 2023 is $85 million, according to Wealthy Gorilla.

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Melissa Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. | Photo credit: IMAGO

Melissa Griffey's social media

Unsurprisingly, Melissa Griffey’s self-effacing nature means she maintains a muted social media presence, evidenced by her private Instagram account.

On the contrary, Ken Griffey Jr. is active on Instagram, intermittently sharing photos of his wife and three children — Trey, Taryn and Tevin — who run accounts on the image and video-sharing social networking platform.