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Ralph Kiner dies at 91

Al Bello

Ralph Kiner has passed away at 91. Kiner, of course, was a perennial MVP candidate with the Pirates in the late 1940s and early 1950s, during which he was generally by far the best player on some very bad teams. His career ended early due to injury, and he played only ten seasons in the bigs, but accumulated 369 home runs, leading the league in all of his first seven seasons. He then spent 52 years as a broadcaster for the Mets. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975.

I never got to see him play, so I'll leave the tributes to those who did.