Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner dies at age 91

One of baseball's all-time greats, Ralph Kiner, has died

2/7/14 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Blog Photo - Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner dies at age 91Ralph Kiner died yesterday at age 91.

As a player, Kiner was a Hall of Famer despite a relatively short 10-year career. He led the National League in home runs in each of his first seven seasons, and was a Pirates legend in the 1940s and '50s.

After retirement, he became a broadcaster, most recently with the New York Mets, where his affable style made him a fan favorite.

Both the Pirates and Mets issued emotional statements following Kiner's death, reflecting how much he meant to both franchises.

The Pirates:
"All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates have heavy hearts upon learning of Ralph Kiner's passing. 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."

The Mets:
"Ralph Kiner was one of the most beloved people in Mets history -- an original Met and extraordinary gentleman. 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."

Condolences go out to his friends and family. He will be dearly missed by the entire baseball community.
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