With one of the shortest playing careers of any Hall of Famer, Ralph Kiner left his mark very quickly. He hit 369 home runs in ten seasons or roughly 37 per year, an average of four more per year than Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. He spent the bulk of his career in Pittsburgh with short stays on the Cubs and Indians before back injuries forced him to retire at age 32. He went on to have a long career as a broadcaster, first in 1961 with the Chicago White Sox before moving over to the newly formed New York Mets in 1962. He would remain with the Mets for the remainder of his life, still paying the occasional visit to the booth in 2013, the season before he died.
Kiner’s photo was taken at a signing that was staged at the entrance of the CVS Pharmacy on Main Street in Cooperstown, NY.
July 23, 2011