Hall of Fame Baseball Player Ralph Kiner Dies at 91 [Video]
Hall of Fame baseball player Ralph Kiner passed away today at the aged of 91.
He died of natural causes, with his family in his side.
Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians in a ten year career between 1946-55, and also broadcasted games for both the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets.
Commissioner Bud Selig put out a statement shortly after his death.
“With the passing of Ralph Kiner, the baseball world has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and the Hall of Fame has lost a wonderful friend. Ralph spent eight decades as a player, executive and broadcaster. He was a man who truly loved our National Pastime and made it better in every way. His legacy will live forever in Cooperstown.”
“Ralph Kiner was one of the most beloved people in Mets history — an original Met and extraordinary gentleman,” Mets owner and CEO Fred Wilpon said in a statement. “After a Hall of Fame playing career, Ralph became a treasured broadcasting icon for more than half a century. His knowledge of the game, wit, and charm entertained generations of Mets fans. Like his stories, he was one of a kind. We send our deepest condolences to Ralph’s five children and twelve grandchildren. Our sport and society today lost one of the all-time greats.”
He has a .279 batting average, 369 homeruns, and 1015 rbi’s in his career.