At age 91, Mets famous broadcaster and Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner passed away on Thursday due to natural causes in his home in Rancho Mirage, California, along side his daughter K.C. Freeman. Although signs showed that Ralph was aging, to Mets fans, hearing Kiner speak about baseball never got old. Many people spoke about their sorrow when they heard the news about Kiner’s death. Those were the people who were fortunate enough to work with or talk to Kiner expressed how joyful and happy he was every single day.
In just 10 seasons in the Majors Leagues, Ralph Kiner posted astounding numbers, finishing his career with 369 home runs. Within those seasons, Kiner had seven straight seasons (1947-1953) where he hit at least 35 home runs. Those seasons were all with the Pirates except for the 1953 season where he was traded to the Chicago Cubs not even midway into the season. From there he played two more seasons with the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians respectively, finally calling it quits after the 1955 season. From 1948 to 1953, Kiner was given All-Star honors for his performances.