Today in Tribe History: February 6, 2014
Bob Toth | On 06, Feb 2015
Hall of Fame outfielder and the long-time voice of the New York Mets, Ralph Kiner, passes away at the age of 91.
Kiner spent ten seasons in the Majors, becoming well known for his home run clout. In his second season in the Bigs with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947, he slugged a league-best 51 home runs. He would top that with 54 in 1949, when he continued his run of seven straight seasons leading the National League in homers.
After six All-Star seasons in eight years with the Pirates, he was traded midway through the 1953 season to the Chicago Cubs and spent parts of two seasons at Wrigley. He was sent to Cleveland in November of 1954 as the player to be named later in a prior deal for pitcher Sam Jones. Kiner hit .243 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI in his final MLB season with Cleveland in 1955, as a bad back forced him out of the game.
Following his playing career, he got into broadcasting, working first with the Chicago White Sox and then in 1962 with the expansion New York Mets, with whom he worked through the 2013 season.