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Remembering Ralph Kiner…

Here is a just sample, with links, to some of what people are saying this morning about the passing of legendary player and broadcaster Ralph Kiner…

Mike Lupica, Daily News: “All those summers from Ralph Kiner. All those summers with him as such splendid company. Finally, after all this time, after more than a half-century of Mets baseball, comes one without him. And without his voice.” >> More

Ted Berg, USA Today: “But it is heartbreaking nonetheless to know that he’s gone, and that with him go the knowledge and understanding and joy for baseball that entertained so many people for so many years and from which I learned so much.” >> More

Greg Prince, Faith and Fear in Flushing: “Ralph Kiner was still a part of the Mets every year. … Nobody was more original. Nobody was more forever. … Kiner, as much as anybody, made me the Mets fan that I am today and figure I will always be.” >> More

Steve Keane, Eddie Kranepool Society: “The thought of not hearing Gary Cohen say, “Next inning, we will be joined by Ralph Kiner,” hurts my heart.” >> More

Marty Noble, MLB.com: “The game’s shoulders are slumping and its eyes are moist. Baseball has had few in its family who were so widely revered, beloved and enjoyed.” >> More

Bill Price, Daily News: “So as bad as things get for the Mets sometimes, and as sad as we are today on the passing of Ralph Kiner, take a moment to realize just how lucky we were to have Ralph with us all these years and just how lucky we are to be Mets fans.  Fans of other teams will laugh and mock us over ridiculous statements like that, but who cares. We are who we are and we are fine with it, just like Ralph.” >> More

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I mean, the guy hit 369 HR, he is in the Hall of Fame, he was friends with Bob Hope and he dated Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh and Ava Gardner. Think about that for a second. Frankly, the more I learn about him, the more I think his legacy may actually be underrated. He transcended the game in a way current players only dream about…




13 comments
Bob Burket
Bob Burket

What is wrong with you people? This is Ralph Kiner we are talking about here. He is baseball as well as Mets Royalty and there are only 15 comments. SMH!

Mud Flap
Mud Flap

Kiner's Kroner helped shape the Mets fan I have become and been for nearly 50 years. Bob Murphy, Lindsey Nelson and Ralph Kiner were the Holy Trinity of New York baseball....no matter what Yankees or Dodgers fans may say. He will be so sincerely missed.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Kiner told the story about going into Branch Rickey's office when Rickey ran the Pirates.

He told Rickey that he had led the league in HR's and RBI's and that he deserved a raise. Rickey looked up and said "We finished in last place with you and we'll Finnish in last place without you." Vintage Kiner.

mets1973
mets1973

KIner was one handsome man. No wonder the movie starlets liked him. There was a grace and class about that period. People knew how to dress and act.

Thomas Sean
Thomas Sean

All those beautiful tributes and that is what you add, Matt? Yikes. 

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

What he brought to the broadcasts will always be missed.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Very sad to hear that Ralph has passed. I thought of him as well as Bob Murphy and Lindsey Nelson as family members like Uncles. Many great memories growing up listening to all 3 bring the Mets into my home. Look forward to seeing them in Heaven someday. RIP Ralph.

The Feels band
The Feels band

Oh my god, that picture of Ralph is priceless! It's like a still from the "Dirt off the your shoulders" Jay Z video. Look how p!mped out he looks in mid-stride. Like "yeah, liz taylor's my date, where's the caviar table?" 

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

its sad but think of it happy as well we got to live in Ralph's shadows for his 91 wonderful life. Celebrate his living instead of his pasting . Its called the great reward for a reason.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

God is stocking up with great story tellers now with Jerry Coleman and Ralph Kiner join Heaven's Broadcasts.

Juan Rodriguez Gonzalez
Juan Rodriguez Gonzalez

I have been a mets fan since I was 5. I used to just love tuning in to wwor tv to hear bob murphy and ralph kiner broadcast the game ralph was the rrason I became a mets fan even throught the 90s when they sucked I watched the games just cuz of the carisma and the stories he brought to the broadcast. R.i.p mr kiner.

bromancer
bromancer

@Thomas Sean

No doubt, and the guy had to die before Matt learned about him.  What a fan.