Hall of Famer Kiner Dies

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2014/02/06 16:17:35 (permalink)

Hall of Famer Kiner Dies

Pittsburgh Pirates great Ralph Kiner has died at age 91. Kiner, who spent 52 years broadcasting games for the New York Mets after he retired from baseball as a player, broke in with the Pirates in 1946. In 1947 he slammed 51 home runs and that really upset me because it tied Johnny Mize of my New York Giants for the league lead.
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    Pancho
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    Re:Hall of Famer Kiner Dies 2014/02/06 16:41:13 (permalink)
    I know I'm getting old when all my favorite baseball card guys from the 50's are passing on. Like Ted Williams he was a Naval Aviator during WWII. I'll never forget seeing Ted hit one over the right field wall while watching the Red Sox beat the Senators. (my first major league game) RIP Mr. Kiner
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    Re:Hall of Famer Kiner Dies 2014/02/06 19:36:16 (permalink)
    Passing fully sentinent at 91 is to be celebrated.  What a life!
     
    No one is again going to lead a major league in home runs seven years in a row - and do it for a dismal team with absolutely no 'protection' from an otherwise pitiful lineup.
     
    What a shame a bad back led him to retire from MLB at age 32.  With 'modern medicine' what might have been?
     
    The dubious career of Mark McGwire aside, Kiner had the fewest AB's/HR of any right hand hitter in MLB history.
     
    He was my childhood baseball hero.
     
    What a wonderful life (that included dating a very young Elizabeth Taylor)!
     
    RIP, Mr. Kiner. 
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    Re:Hall of Famer Kiner Dies 2014/02/06 23:18:45 (permalink)
    As a kid in Western PA, he was my Baseball Hero.
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    Re:Hall of Famer Kiner Dies 2014/02/08 20:41:07 (permalink)
    Have you ever heard anything bad about Ralph Kiner?  I sure haven't.  He seemed to be universally beloved here in Pittsburgh, New York and elsewhere.  What a great life he had.
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    Re:Hall of Famer Kiner Dies 2014/02/08 20:55:02 (permalink)
    I'm the only person who has ever said anything bad about Ralph Kiner. He did a terrible thing by hitting 51 homers in 1947. He should have let New York Giants first baseman Johnny Mize have the distinction of being the only person to hit 51 that year.
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    Re:Hall of Famer Kiner Dies 2014/02/10 14:38:26 (permalink)
    Ralph Kiner was a gentleman
    Along with Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy they were one of the best announcing crews of the 70 s .
    Kiners Korner too .
    RIP
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