Saying goodbye to a slugger

Ralph Kiner

Baseball fans say goodbye to Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, who passed away at the age of 91 due to natural causes. Fans are invited to share their condolences and special memories in the comments below.

During his 10-year career, Kiner hit 369 home runs, winning or sharing the National League home run title in each of his first seven seasons with the Pirates. He twice topped 50 home runs, with 51 in 1947 and 54 in 1949. He averaged more than 100 RBI per season. Following his playing career, which was cut short by continuing back ailments, Kiner transitioned to the broadcast booth starting in 1962, where he would become a New York broadcast icon for the Mets.

“All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates have heavy hearts upon learning of Ralph Kiner’s passing,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. “Ralph was one of the greatest players to ever wear a Pirates uniform and was a tireless ambassador for the game of baseball. He was a treasured member of the Pittsburgh community during his seven years with the Pirates. Our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his children, grandchildren, other family members and many friends. He will be missed by all of us at the Pirates organization.”

Ralph Kiner“Ralph Kiner was one of the most beloved people in Mets history — an original Met and extraordinary gentleman,” said Mets Chairman Fred Wilpon. “After a Hall of Fame playing career, Ralph became a treasured broadcasting icon for more than half a century. His knowledge of the game, wit, and charm entertained generations of Mets fans. Like his stories, he was one of a kind. We send our deepest condolences to Ralph’s five children and 12 grandchildren. Our sport and society today lost one of the all-time greats.”

“With the passing of Ralph Kiner, the baseball world has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and the Hall of Fame has lost a wonderful friend,” said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Ralph spent eight decades as a player, executive and broadcaster. He was a man who truly loved our National Pastime and made it better in every way. His legacy will live forever in Cooperstown.”

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170 Comments

Ralph Kiner was a funny announcer for all Mets Fans like me.

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The Kiner’s Korner shows with Tom Seaver and sometimes his wife were the best. Even my Mom enjoyed them

As an Original Met Fan this season missed Ralph. The future Met fans will never hear his stories or how he could use comparisons of the Kids today to the players of the past. Kiner’s Korner was what a Post Game show was all about. How lucky a man was I to have spent these years listening to Ralph. God Bless you and keep you always Ralph Kiner and thank you from all of us who were so lucky to share our time on earth with you.

I’ve been a Met fan since the beginning. Ralph, Bob and Lindsey were a big part of my life. Despite the last six years, and many other losing years, I will always be part of that era,.

Thanks Ralph for all the great memories.

As a 12 year old boy in an orphanage in St Johns Newfoundland Canada in 1947 Ralph became my boyhood baseball hero. I loved him an followed his career as he led the NL in HRs 7 years in a row. I was heart broken when he was traded.I have been a Pirate and still am for 68 yrs and I feel Ralph is up there looking down cheering for Pirates as I am. Thank God and Ralph for the memories

Ralph’s Kiner’s Korner brought the stars of the game & of the era into our living rooms such as Gil Hodges, Duke Snyder, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Pete Rose, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Ron Hunt, Willie Stargell, Willie McCovey, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Roberto Clemente, Johnny Bench,Maury Wills, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter, Mike Piazza, Ron Darling, Syd Fernandez, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Mike Schmidt, Richie Allen, Rusty Staub, Tug McGraw, David Wright & countless other Mets and opposing team stars. Thanks for the memories Ralph / RIP.

I grew up watching Ralph Kiner play left field for my beloved Pirates–Actually met him, Frank Gustine, and the legendary Honus Wagner one sunny afternoon at Forbes Field. Ralph was my idol and I loved hearing Rosy tell Aunt Minnie to open the window for another Kiner homer—-So sad to hear of his demise but, he had a great life as a player and announcer—RIP Mr Kiner

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I often wonder what it would be like to go back in time forty years ago. I was a Met fan living in Brooklyn….it is late June, Sunday afternoon, 1 pm….Mets doubleheader on WOR-TV. The smell of homemade sauce for Sunday dinner filling the house as I listen to Ralph Kiner, along with Lindsay Nelson and Bob Murphy broadcasting the game…”take me back to a world gone away, childhood memories seem like yesterday”

I grew up listening to Ralph Kiner call the Met games. What a joy! His insight into the game, his wonderful stories and his wit and charm will stay with me always!

When i heard the news that Ralph Kiner had passed away it was so very sad. As a kid born in 1962 i have such fond memories of listening to Ralph, Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy. the 1969 year of course was the best for me growing up in Staten Island. I could not wait to turn on the game watching the families black and white television and see all my heroes up close. Ralph was such a true mets fan and even listening to him when he did one inning announcing games last year you could tell how excited he would get when the mets would score runs. Kiners Korner was by far the best post game. Going over all the great plays of the game. Ill never forget. Thank you Ralph Kiner for the great memories. You are sorely missed.

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