Ralph Kiner, Hall Of Fame Slugger Turned Iconic Mets Broadcaster, Dies At 91
February 6, 2014 at 6:07 PM (PT)
RALPH KINER, the Hall of Fame major league slugger who became a longtime popular voice of the NEW YORK METS, died THURSDAY (2/6) of natural causes at 91 at his home in RANCHO MIRAGE, CA.
KINER, who hit 369 home runs in an injury-shortened career with the PITTSBURGH PIRATES, CHICAGO CUBS, and CLEVELAND INDIANS, moved into broadcasting in 1961 with the CHICAGO WHITE SOX before joining LINDSEY NELSON and BOB MURPHY as the original radio and television voices of the expansion METS in 1962. He called METS games for 53 seasons and hosted the METS' television post-game show "KINER'S KORNER." KiNER closed his career on the air with a reduced, once a week schedule on SNY and WPIX-TV/NEW YORK METS game coverage through the 2013 season.