Thursday, February 06, 2014

Rest in peace, Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner died today at age 91.

Kiner was a Hall of Fame slugger, but I knew him as a Mets TV broadcaster. Kiner was the last surviving member of the great, original Mets television and radio announcing crew of Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy, and Ralph Kiner. His post-game TV spot, Kiner's Korner, on WWOR channel 9 Mets broadcasts was a staple.

Generations of Mets fans grew up with Nelson, Murphy, and Kiner, though for me, it was Murphy, with others, on the radio and Kiner, with Tim McCarver, on TV. Kiner's passing closes an era for the Mets.

Before starting his Major League Baseball playing career, Ralph Kiner served as a Navy pilot in World War 2.

Fair winds and following seas, Ensign Kiner. Rest in peace.

Eric

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