Kiner, Ralph McPherran

Kiner, Ralph McPherran,

1922–2014, American baseball player and sportscaster, b. Santa Rita, N. Mex. A right-handed slugger and outfielder, he played with the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates (1946–53) and Chicago Cubs (1953–54) and the American League's Cleveland Indians (1955) until a back injury cut short his career. For seven consecutive years (1946–52) he led the National League in home runs, a streak still unsurpassed in both leagues. Kiner's career home-run percentage was, at the time of his retirement, second only to Babe Ruth's; among his other career marks were 1,451 hits, 1,015 RBIs, 369 homers, and .279 batting average. He subsequently was a broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox and, for 52 seasons, the New York Mets. He became a beloved figure, famous for his malapropisms and for his entertaining postgame interview show, Kiner's Korner. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.

Bibliography

See his Baseball Forever: Reflections on 60 Years in the Game (2004).

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