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Former Pirate Ralph Kiner Passes Away

The Hall of Famer played his first seven seasons in Pittsburgh.
RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA – Hall of Fame and former Pittsburgh Pirate Ralph Kiner passed away Thursday at his home in California at age 91.

Kiner first played in the majors for the Pirates in 1946 after serving in World War II. He was the National League home run champion every year from 1946 to 1952, and selected to the All-Star Game from 1948 to 1953.

Kiner was traded to the Chicago Cubs in June 1953, and played his final game in 1955 for the Cleveland Indians.

Following his playing career he served as broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, and then part of the New York Mets’ broadcasting team from their inaugural season in 1962 until his death.

Kiner was voted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975, and his number 4 was retired by the Pirates in 1987.

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