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RIP Ralph Kiner

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder. Long-time Mets broadcaster. Dead at 91.

  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Funeral sponsored by Rheingold Extra. RIP
  3. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

  4. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I never even liked The Met's but loved watching Met Post Game show
    Kiner's Korner. It was ahead of it's time.
  5. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    The one thing I have to say -- Ralph was a very nice man and I will miss him. I knew Ralph for 35 years, from my first year on the Mets beat to now, and I will miss a good friend. He never big-timed anyone, and he had more baseball stories than anybody.
    Yes, we all know his malaprops, and his problem with names. But that was a funny part of his career, and not what he should be remembered for. He used to laugh at them, too, like when he introduced Gary Cohen as David Cone.
    I will remember him as a man who welcomed me to the beat and always wanted to know how I was doing, especially after I left the business due to my multiple sclerosis.
    RIP doesn't say enough about Ralph.
    Dan Castellano
  6. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    If I can add one more thing -- if you were ever lucky enough to spend some time with Ralph at the hotel bar, he'd never let you pay. Truly a gentleman, he will be missed.
  7. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    He, Nelson and Murphy were a big part of my childhood. The on-air stories may have been old and repeatedly told, but they were still pretty good. He just projected being a nice guy over the air.

    Met him a couple of times at charity events and he was super nice.
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    The conversation he must be having with spnited. RIP.
  9. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    Met him once when he was involved with a local golf tournament in the late 1990s and found him to be humble and gracious.
    Interviewed him in his Palm Springs-area condo and he and his wife could not have been nicer.
    I probably broke some kind of ethical rule in accepting an autographed ball and Hall of Fame card, but he offered and I did not want to tell him no after his hospitability.
    RIP Ralph.
  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I remember him once calling a Mets-Cubs game in the mid-80s. Jody Davis hits a ball in the air, and Kiner says nonchalantly, "... and there's a pop up to the shortstop. (Whoever the Mets shortstop was) looks for it ... and .... that ball is gone. Home run."
    Never was a fan of Kiner's broadcasting, because of things like that and I just wasn't a Mets fan at all, but I can certainly appreciate 51 years of work and what he meant to the franchise.

    Was he working in the booth up until last year?
  11. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Well said, Mr. Casty.

  12. Well said ... Broadcast career aside ... There's also a reason this guy was HOF'er and a beloved Bucco. He was a hammer at the plate.

    10 seasons ... He led the NL in HRs seven times and owned the category in Post WW-II until 1953. He had five seasons where he belted 40 or more homers - playing home games in mammoth confines of Forbes Field no less.
    In comparison, Willie Stargell, who hit nearly 480 dingers in his career topped 40 homers just twice.

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