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Ralph Kiner
Ralph Kiner
Outfielder
Born: October 27, 1922 (1922-10-27) (age 85)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1946
for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Final game
September 25, 1955
for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
AVG     .279
HR     369
RBI     1105
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Led National League in home runs for seven consecutive years (1946-1952).
  • Led Major League in home runs for six consecutive years (1947-1952).
  • All Star Games (6)
  • 369 Career Home Runs
  • 1019 career RBIs
  • Averaged 14.1 at bats per home run or 7.1 home runs per 100 at bats--seventh best all-time
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     1975
Vote     75.41%

Ralph McPherran Kiner (born October 27, 1922) is an American former Major League Baseball player and current announcer. Though constant injuries forced his retirement from the game after only ten seasons, Kiner's tremendous slugging output during his short career 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 Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world. ... This article is about the baseball team. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the events of the year 1955 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... “RBI” redirects here. ... This article is about the baseball team. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world. ... The following are the events of the year 1953 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... The following are the events of the year 1953 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1954 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present... The following are the events of the year 1955 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... An All-Star Game is an exhibition game played by the best players in their respective sports league. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Baseball Hall of Fame redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Baseball Hall of Fame redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-June January 23 - Ralph Kiner is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Continuity announcer. ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-June January 23 - Ralph Kiner is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...

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Playing career

Kiner was born in Santa Rita, New Mexico, and grew up in Alhambra, California. He made his major league debut on April 16, 1946 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1947 he gained notice for hitting 51 home runs. Many of Kiner's homers were hit into a shortened left-field and left-center-field porch at Forbes Field, originally built for Hank Greenberg and known in the press as "Greenberg Gardens"; then retained for Kiner and redubbed by the media as "Kiner's Korner". Kiner would later use that expression as the title of his post-game tv show in New York . Santa Rita, NM is the birthplace of Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner. ... Location of Alhambra within Los Angeles County, California. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world. ... This article is about the baseball team. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1947 throughout the world. ... For other uses, see Forbes Field (disambiguation). ... Henry Benjamin Hank Greenberg (January 1, 1911, New York, New York – September 4, 1986), nicknamed Hammerin Hank, was an American professional baseball player in the 1930s and 1940s. ...


In 1949 Kiner topped his 1947 total with 54 home runs, falling just two short of Hack Wilson's NL record. It was the highest total in the major leagues from 1939 to 1960, the highest National League total from 1931 to 1997, and made Kiner the first National League player with two fifty-plus seasons; Kiner also matched his peak of 127 RBIs. From 1947 to 1951, Kiner topped 40 home runs and 100 RBI's each season. His string of seasons leading the league in home runs reached seven in 1952, when he reached 37. This was also the last of a record six consecutive seasons in which he led Major League Baseball in home runs, all under the guidance of manager Billy Meyer and Pirate great Honus Wagner. He was selected to participate in the All-Star Game in six straight seasons, 1948 to 1953. He holds (by himself) the major league record of 8 home runs in 4 consecutive multi-homer games, set in September, 1947. The following are the baseball events of the year 1949 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1947 throughout the world. ... // Biography Lewis Robert Hack Wilson (April 26, 1900 – November 23, 1948) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball from 1923 to 1934. ... == July == July 4 = Lou Gehrig day was held at Yankee Stadium,Lou said in his speech that he is the luckiest man on the face of the earth. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1960 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1931 throughout the world. ... The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1947 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1951 throughout the world. ... The following are the events of the year 1952 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... William Adam Meyer (January 14, 1892 - March 31, 1957) was an American baseball player and manager. ... Johannes Peter Honus Wagner (February 24, 1874 - December 6, 1955), nicknamed The Flying Dutchman, was an American baseball player who played during the 1890s until the 1910s. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... The following are the baseball events of the year 1948 throughout the world. ... The following are the events of the year 1953 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


A quote variously attributed to Kiner himself, and to teammates talking about Kiner, was "Home run hitters drive Cadillacs and singles hitters drive Fords." [1] For other uses, see Cadillac (disambiguation). ... Ford may mean a number of things: A ford is a river crossing. ...


On June 4, 1953, Kiner was sent to the Chicago Cubs as part of a ten player trade. This was largely due to continued salary disputes with Pirate general manager Branch Rickey, who reportedly told Kiner, "We finished last with you, we can finish last without you." is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the events of the year 1953 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 – December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball executive best known for two things: breaking baseballs color barrier by signing the African-American player Jackie Robinson, and later drafting the first Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente; and creating the framework to the modern...


He played the rest of the 1953 season and all of 1954 with the Cubs, and finished his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1955, a back injury forcing him out of baseball at that point. He retired at the age of 32. At the end of his ten seasons he had amassed 369 home runs and 1019 runs batted in to go along with a career .279 batting average. The following are the baseball events of the year 1954 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present... The following are the events of the year 1955 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


Broadcasting career

In 1961, Kiner made his way into the broadcast booth with the Chicago White Sox. The next year, Kiner, along with Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy, started announcing the games of the expansion New York Mets on WOR-TV in New York. One of his duties was to do a post-game show known as "Kiner's Korner". The following are the baseball events of the year 1961 throughout the world. ... Lindsey Nelson (May 25, 1919 - June 10, 1995) was an American sportscaster best known for his broadcasts of college football and New York Mets baseball. ... Murphy in front of the radio booth named in his honor Robert Allan Murphy (19 September 1924 – 3 August 2004) was an American sportscaster who spent 50 years doing play-by-play of Major League Baseball games on television and radio. ... An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... WWOR-TV (UPN 9) is the flagship station of the UPN network. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


As an announcer, Kiner gained additional renown for his often unintentionally funny utterances. He was prone to mis-speaking the names of players; for instance, he called Dwight Gooden "Greg Goossen" and Darryl Strawberry "Darryl Throneberry", in each case referring back to Mets players of the 1960s. He also once addressed Gary Carter as "Gary Cooper." In addition, he came up with colorful phrases such as "Two-thirds of the earth is covered by water and the other third is covered by Garry Maddox" and "If Casey Stengel were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave." He also said that Nolan Ryan's fastball had been clocked at 200 miles per hour (!) and noted that Hall of Fame ceremonies were scheduled for "July 31 and 32." Dwight Eugene Gooden (born November 16, 1964 in Tampa, Florida), also known as Doc Gooden or Dr. K, is a former major league baseball player. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well-known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Gary Edmund Carter (born April 8, 1954), nicknamed Kid, is a former Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame catcher from 1974-1992. ... Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor of English heritage. ... Garry Lee Maddox (born September 9, 1949 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former Major League Baseball player known for outstanding defense. ... Charles Dillon Casey Stengel (July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975), nicknamed The Old Professor, was an American baseball player and manager from the early 1910s into the 1960s. ... Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


During one broadcast, something went wrong with the sound and Kiner said, "we are experiencing audio technicalities."


Despite a bout with Bell's palsy, which left him with slightly slurred speech, Kiner is still broadcasting, entering his 45th year of doing Mets broadcasts as of the start of the 2007 baseball season, though only as an occasional guest analyst on Mets' broadcasts on SportsNet New York (SNY). He is the only broadcaster to survive all of the Mets history, due to Nelson leaving the Mets for the San Francisco Giants in 1979 and Murphy's retirement in 2003. (Nelson died in 1995 and Murphy in 2004.) His traditional home-run call -- "it is gone, goodbye" or "that ball is gone, goodbye" -- is a signature phrase in baseball. Bells palsy (or facial palsy) is characterised by facial drooping on the affected half, due to malfunction of the facial nerve (VII cranial nerve), which controls the muscles of the face. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... SportsNet New York (SNY) is a New York City-based sports cable network which airs in the New York metro area and all of New York state, and nationwide via satellite. ... SNY, SportsNet New York, is a regional sports television network based in New York City. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Legacy

Kiner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975, and the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1984. The Pirates retired his uniform number 4 in 1987. 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. The Mets honored him with an on-field ceremony on "Ralph Kiner Night" at Shea Stadium on Saturday, July 14, 2007, where they handed out photos of Ralph Kiner to the first 25,000 fans. Tom Seaver also gave a commemorative speech recalling Kiner's legacy. Besides Tom Seaver, other guests of note were Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, and broadcaster Ernie Harwell. As a present from the Mets, Kiner received a cruise of his choice for him and his wife for his dedication to the team. [1][dead link] The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-June January 23 - Ralph Kiner is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The New York Mets Hall of Fame was created in 1981 to recognize the careers of former New York Mets players, managers, broadcasters and executives. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... In 1999, MasterCard sponsored the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. ...


Trivia

Footage of Kiner hitting a homer in Forbes Field can be seen in the 1952 film "Angels In The Outfield".


See also

In Major League Baseball, the 50 home run club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have hit 50 or more home runs in a single season. ... Players denoted in boldface are are still actively contributing to the record noted. ... This is a list of the top 500 Major League Baseball home run hitters. ... Below is the list of 252 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 RBI milestone. ... Eric Davis hit for the cycle in 1989 In baseball, a player hits for the cycle when he hits a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game, though not necessarily in that order. ... Major League Baseball recognizes runs batted in champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes home run champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes runs scored champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Listed below are the occurrences of Major League Baseball players who have hit three home runs in a single game. ... At the end of each Major League Baseball season, the league leaders of various statistical categories are announced. ...

Teams Played for

Years Played Team League
1946-1953 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
1953-1954 Chicago Cubs NL
1955 Cleveland Indians AL

This article is about the baseball team. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present...

Notes

Of the 103 players who have been inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers' association, Kiner probably came the closest to not getting in. He was elected in 1975, his final year of eligibility, and received 273 votes--the amount required for induction was 272. He was also the only player voted in that year. Had he just missed making the writers' cut, it's likely he would have been voted in by the Veterans' Committee, as were other players who just barely missed on the first go-round. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

  1. ^ Heyman, Brian (2007-07-15). Kiner honored before Mets game. The Journal News. Retrieved on July 15, 2007.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Ralph Kiner
Preceded by
Tommy Holmes
National League Home Run Champion
1946-1952
(1947-8 with Johnny Mize
1952 with Hank Sauer)
Succeeded by
Eddie Mathews
Preceded by
Stan Musial
National League RBI Champion
1949
Succeeded by
Del Ennis

 
 

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