26 Facts About Ralph Kiner


Ralph McPherran Kiner was an American Major League Baseball player and broadcaster.

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An outfielder, Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Cleveland Indians from 1946 through 1955.

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Ralph Kiner served as an announcer for the New York Mets from the team's inception until his death.

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Ralph Kiner was born in Santa Rita, New Mexico, and raised in Alhambra, California.

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Ralph Kiner is the second cousin twice removed of Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees, Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

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Ralph Kiner served as a United States Navy pilot during World War II.

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Ralph Kiner was inducted into the Navy during the spring of 1943.

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Ralph Kiner flew PBM Mariner flying boats on submarine patrols from Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station in Hawaii, accumulating 1,200 flying hours.

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Ralph Kiner made his major league debut on April 12,1946, with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Ralph Kiner finished the season with 23 home runs, but 109 strikeouts.

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In 1949, Ralph Kiner topped his 1947 total with 54 home runs, falling just two short of Hack Wilson's then-National League record.

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Ralph Kiner was selected to participate in the All-Star Game in six straight seasons, 1948 to 1953.

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Equally famous "Home run hitters drive Cadillacs and singles hitters drive Fords, " frequently misattributed to Ralph Kiner himself, was, by his own account, actually coined by teammate Fritz Ostermueller.

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On June 4,1953, Ralph Kiner was sent to the Chicago Cubs as part of a ten-player trade.

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Ralph 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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In 1961, Ralph Kiner entered the broadcast booth for the Chicago White Sox.

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Ralph Kiner was known for his occasional malapropisms, usually connected with getting people's names wrong, such as calling broadcasting partner Tim McCarver as "Tim MacArthur" and calling Gary Carter "Gary Cooper".

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Ralph Kiner is the third longest-tenured broadcaster in baseball history, trailing only Los Angeles Dodgers announcers Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin.

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Ralph Kiner's traditional home run call—"It is gone, goodbye, " was a signature phrase in baseball.

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Ralph Kiner appeared occasionally on SportsNet New York and WPIX, which currently televise Mets games.

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Partly owing, as Ralph Kiner once said, to the fact that Hollywood megastar Bing Crosby was part-owner of the Pirates, Ralph Kiner was often closely linked with the likes of celebrities such as Crosby's colleague Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra, but even more to publicized romances, dates or photos with leading ladies, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Janet Leigh.

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Ralph Kiner died from natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California, on February 6,2014, at the age of 91.

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Ralph Kiner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.

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Ralph Kiner had garnered 273 votes by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, one more than the minimum required for election.

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Ralph Kiner attended every Hall of Fame ceremony from the time he was inducted until his death.

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Ralph Kiner was elected to the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1984.

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