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    HOFer Ralph Kiner has died at age 91

    On this mournful day, consider the group of mankind worse off; Ralph McPherran Kiner has died. One of baseball's genuine and most charming gentlemen, foremost sluggers and most enduring personalities passed away Thursday at age 91. He died peacefully of natural causes, with his family at his side, at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the National Baseball Hall of Fame said.

    "With the passing of Ralph Kiner, the baseball world has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and the Hall of Fame has lost a wonderful friend," said Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark. "Ralph spent eight decades as a player, executive and broadcaster. He was a man who truly loved our national pastime and made it better in every way. His legacy will live forever in Cooperstown."

    The game's shoulders are slumping and its eyes are moist. Baseball has had few in its family who were so widely revered, beloved and enjoyed.
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    Like I said in the Met's forum, I'm too young to remember Kiner's Korner from the 60s throughout the 80s but he was always one of my favorite parts of the Met's broadcast throughout the years whether on channel 9, or his later days with MSG, WPIX, and SNY. He was a great storyteller and I think some people don't realize how great of a baseball player he was during his peak before injuries started to derail his playing career in his latter years with the Cubs and Indians.

    Can't remember many guys who were more associated with the team they did broadcasting for (Mets) than the team they played with (Pirates). Either way, I will miss him in the booth.
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    The funny thing is Kiner was more forward-thinking about baseball than most people half his age. He was great for baseball all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metswon69 View Post
    I think some people don't realize how great of a baseball player he was during his peak before injuries started to derail his playing career in his latter years with the Cubs and Indians.
    yeah,its why i included his b-r page,one of those great forgotten players

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    Sad day, He lives right down the road from me, went to school with his Grand daughter. Fantastic player and human RIP.


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    Made no damn sense in the broadcast booth, but a good person and a baseball legend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffy25 View Post
    Made no damn sense in the broadcast booth, but a good person and a baseball legend.

    RIP
    1. He didn't need to make sense because fans that grew up listening to Ralph knew whatever he was thinking and saying, made sense.

    2. You obviously did not grow up listening to Ralph. I learned more about baseball from RK than any other person. During rain delays, Ralph would find a baseball friend in the stadium and talk baseball on camera until the game restarted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dugmet View Post
    1. He didn't need to make sense because fans that grew up listening to Ralph knew whatever he was thinking and saying, made sense.

    2. You obviously did not grow up listening to Ralph. I learned more about baseball from RK than any other person. During rain delays, Ralph would find a baseball friend in the stadium and talk baseball on camera until the game restarted.
    I did not grow up listening to him, no.

    I didn't hear him in the booth until more recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffy25 View Post
    I did not grow up listening to him, no.

    I didn't hear him in the booth until more recently.
    Then you missed out on a great broadcaster, I learned quite a bit from him growing up and he made total sense. Of late he was battling bell’s palsy since 1998 and that is why he had the slurred speech and was hard to understand what he said.

    He will always have a fond place in my heart along all those guys I grew up listening to during Mets games.

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    HOFer Ralph Kiner has died at age 91

    Broadcasting and baseball legend. Sad day. RIP

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    RIP Ralph.
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    Boston Red Sox: 9-11, games this week vs. New York Yankees (3), Toronto (3)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffy25 View Post
    I did not grow up listening to him, no.

    I didn't hear him in the booth until more recently.
    Recently?

    You mean when he was like 90 years old?

    Yeah he didn't make any sense recently... because he was really freakin old.

    I remember watching him in the late 90's. He made plenty of sense back then and only started to become less coherent in expressing his thoughts as he aged from that point forward.

    EDIT: Apparently he got diagnosed with bell's palsy in the late 90's. That makes sense. I started listening to him right around that time and that is when he began to slur his speech and make less sense in the booth.
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    noah is gonna be a beast man.

    with him and harvey, its like were gonna have Goku and Vegetta in the same rotation

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    HOFer Ralph Kiner has died at age 91

    Over 1k walks in ten years with under 800 k's. That's incredible.

    RIP

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