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MLB Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner dies at 91


Hall of Fame outfielder Ralph Kiner has passed away at age 91. Kiner played 10 season in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. He was a six-time All-Star.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, who was 91:

“Ralph Kiner was one of the greatest sluggers in National League history, leading the Senior Circuit in home runs in each of the first seven years of his Hall of Fame career. His consistent power and patience in the heart of the Pirates lineup made him a member of our All-Century Team and, in many respects, a player ahead of his time.

“Ralph dominated at the plate for a decade, but his contributions to our National Pastime spanned generations. For 52 years, Ralph was a one-of-a-kind voice of the Mets, linking baseball’s unparalleled history to New York’s new National League franchise since its very inception.

“I am grateful that I recently had the opportunity to visit with Ralph, whose lifetime of service to Baseball will always be treasured by the fans of Pittsburgh, New York and beyond. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to his five children, his 12 grandchildren, his friends throughout our game and his admirers everywhere.”

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