Ralph Kiner, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame slugger passed away Thursday at his home in Rancho, Mirage California. He was 91.
In Kiner's ten-year playing career, he hit 369 home runs and won or tied for National League home run leader in his first seven seasons. Kiner spent most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He also played for the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.
Kiner never really left the game of baseball. He was a popular New York Mets broadcaster for over 50 years, hosting a post-game interview show called "Kiner's Korner".
Mets Chairman & CEO Fred Wilpon released the following statement on the passing of Ralph Kiner:
"Ralph Kiner was one of the most beloved people in Mets history -- an original Met and extraordinary gentleman. 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 12 grandchildren. Our sport and society today lost one of the all-time greats."
Watch a VIDEO of Kiner's Korner below: