Ralph Kiner

Baseball Player and Announcer

Ralph McPherran Kiner is an American former Major League Baseball player and has been an announcer for the New York Mets since the team's inception. Though injuries forced his retirement from active play after 10 seasons, Kiner's tremendous slugging outpaced nearly all of his National League contemporaries between the years 1946 and 1954. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on October 27, 1922.


An outfielder, Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Cleveland Indians from 1946 through 1955. … Read More
1947 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Greenberg gave Kiner hours of instruction, and in 1947, Kiner led the major leagues with 51 home runs while striking out fewer than 100 times. … Read More
1948 25 Years Old …  He was selected to participate in the All-Star Game in six straight seasons, 1948 to 1953.
1951 28 Years Old 1 More Event
A quote variously attributed to Kiner himself, as well as to teammates talking about Kiner, was "Home run hitters drive Cadillacs and singles hitters drive Fords." Footage of Kiner hitting a home run in Forbes Field can be seen in the 1951 film Angels in the Outfield.


1953 30 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 4, 1953, Kiner was sent to the Chicago Cubs as part of a ten-player trade. … Read More
1961 38 Years Old In 1961, Kiner entered the broadcast booth for the Chicago White Sox. … Read More


1969 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Nationally, he helped call the Mets' appearance in the 1969 World Series for NBC Radio. … Read More


1975 52 Years Old 1 More Event
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. … Read More


1984 61 Years Old Kiner was elected to the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1984.
1987 64 Years Old The Pittsburgh Pirates retired his uniform number 4 on September 19, 1987.
1999 76 Years Old The Sporting News placed him at number 90 on its 1999 list of "The 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and he was one of the 100 finalists for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team that year.
2007 84 Years Old The Mets honored him with an on-field ceremony on "Ralph Kiner Night" at Shea Stadium on Saturday, July 14, 2007. … Read More
2011 88 Years Old Through 2011 he was one of seven major leaguers to have had at least four 30-HR, 100-RBI seasons in their first five years, along with Chuck Klein, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Mark Teixeira, Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard and Ryan Braun.
2014 91 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 21, 2014, an online Twitter petition was started to rename Citi Field Sections 132–134 as Kiner's Korner, to commemorate the 52-year Mets career of Ralph Kiner. … Read More
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