Ralph Kiner

American baseball player and announcer Ralph Kiner

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.
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Remembering Ralph Kiner
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Remembering Ralph Kiner -- superb slugger who touched all the bases and our hearts
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Ralph Kiner’s death this week leaves me saddened. I will miss him.
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Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner dies at 91
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Slugger hit 369 home runs during 10-year career, mostly with Pittsburgh Pirates: went on to become popular broadcaster
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A Legend At The Plate And In The Booth: Ralph Kiner Dies At 91
NPR - about 4 years
Ralph Kiner, a home run-hitting Hall of Famer who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates and later helped define the New York Mets' broadcasts, has died at 91. He was a frequent all-star who later became a favorite of Mets fans and players. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner dies at 91
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Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner dies at 91; popular player, broadcaster
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The baseball Hall of Fame says slugger Ralph Kiner has died.
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David Ortiz and the Hall of Fame
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Due to his extraordinary World Series performance in which he hit .688 with two home runs and led his team to a decisive victory, there has been an increase in discussion about whether or not David Ortiz is a Hall of Famer. Ortiz's Hall of Fame candidacy rests on two very strong pillars. One is his consistent elite level offensive production. The other is his reputation as a great clutch hitter and post-season player. There are, however, two arguments frequently made against his candidacy: that is he a designated hitter and the rumors of steroid use that have dogged much of his career. Ortiz's offensive numbers rest on a short but impressive peak from 2003-2007 when he posted an OPS+ of 156 while averaging 42 home runs and 128 RBIs a year. These years were at the tail end of a strong offensive era, but are nonetheless impressive. After a few off-years, in 2010-2013 Ortiz hit another peak in his later years with an OPS+ of 154 while playing fewer games in an era where there is less of...
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How Lucky to Be a Pirates Fan
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
It's a great feeling being a Pirates fan these days. Pittsburgh's baseball Bucs have finally clinched a spot in the playoffs after two decades of futility that included the longest streak of consecutive losing seasons in North American professional sports history. Pirates fans are lucky to have their small-market team playing into the post season, while some wealthier, perennially successful, big market teams -- like those "damn Yankees" -- sit at home, wondering how could it be. Lucky indeed, for the playoff format allows for only 10 teams -- one in three major league franchises -- to make the cut. As a life-long Pirates fan, I do consider myself lucky that the team I root for is a winner this year. But more than that, I consider myself lucky to be a Pirates fan period. It's been a wonderful roller-coaster ride all these years, through -- as legendary sports announcer Jim McCay used to say -- "the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat". Since falling in love with th...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2014
    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.
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  • 2011
    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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    The Mets honored him with an on-field ceremony on "Ralph Kiner Night" at Shea Stadium on Saturday, July 14, 2007.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    The Pittsburgh Pirates retired his uniform number 4 on September 19, 1987.
  • 1984
    Kiner was elected to the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1984.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Kiner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.
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    He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.
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  • 1969
    Kiner was also married to Barbara (née George) Kiner, from 1969–1980; and to DiAnn (née Shugart) Kiner from 1982 until her death in 2004.
    Nationally, he helped call the Mets' appearance in the 1969 World Series for NBC Radio.
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  • OTHER
  • 1961
    In 1961, Kiner entered the broadcast booth for the Chicago White Sox.
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  • 1953
    Kiner played the rest of 1953 and all of 1954 with the Cubs, finishing his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1955.
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    On June 4, 1953, Kiner was sent to the Chicago Cubs as part of a ten-player trade.
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  • 1951
    Kiner was married four times; his first spouse was 1950s tennis star Nancy Chaffee, 1951 -1968.
    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.
  • 1948
    He was selected to participate in the All-Star Game in six straight seasons, 1948 to 1953.
  • 1947
    From 1947 to 1951, Kiner topped 40 home runs and 100 RBIs each season.
    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.
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  • 1946
    Kiner made his major league debut on April 12, 1946, with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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    Though injuries forced his retirement from active play after 10 seasons, Kiner's tremendous slugging outpaced all of his National League contemporaries between the years 1946 and 1952.
    An outfielder, Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Cleveland Indians from 1946 through 1955.
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  • 1922
    Born on October 27, 1922.
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