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Former New York Mets Broadcaster Ralph Kiner Passes Away at Age 91

February 6th, 2014 at 9:38 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets lost a piece of their history today when broadcaster Ralph Kiner passed away at the age of 91. Kiner, who was a Hall of Famer as a player with the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit 369 home runs in his career. After his playing career was over, Kiner transitioned to the broadcast booth with the Chicago White Sox in 1961 before joining the expansion New York Mets in 1962. Little did he know it, but Kiner would remain affiliated with the franchise for the rest of his life.

'Bob Mandt and Ralph Kiner' photo (c) 2010, slgckgc - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Kiner was part of the Mets' original broadcast team alongside Bob Murphy and Lindsey Nelson in 1962. The three of them would combine to do both radio and television broadcasts for the team for nearly 20 years before Nelson departed in 1979. Murphy and Kiner continued to work together until 1981 when they split up for good, with Murphy working on the radio side of the broadcast while Kiner remained on television. Kiner became famous for his postgame show entitled "Kiner's Korner", where he would interview many of the great players in the game. 

Kiner worked with the Mets for 52 years, the third longest tenure for any announcer with one team in history. Kiner lasted longer than any of the original trio, as Nelson left in 1979 and Murphy retired in 2003. Kiner was forced to cut down his broadcast schedule after having a stroke a decade ago, but he still made appearances in the booth for SNY every season. The Mets honored Kiner by naming their television broadcast booth after him and let him throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day of the 2011 season, his 50th year working with the Mets. Kiner was also inducted into the team's Hall of Fame back in 1984, and he was truly one of the most famous faces to be associated with the team. Kiner passed away early in the day on Thursday with his family at his side. 

Just because the Super Bowl left NY/NJ it doesn't mean the NFL action is over. Come see the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Liberty Science Center see jerseys worn by legends, make the tough call under the hood, try on equipment and get immersed into football like never before.

Just because the Super Bowl left NY/NJ it doesn't mean the NFL action is over. Come see the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Liberty Science Center see jerseys worn by legends, make the tough call under the hood, try on equipment and get immersed into football like never before.

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