Ralph Kiner (1954 – Bowman #45)

Ralph McPherran Kiner was an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1946 – ’53), the Chicago Cubs (1953 – ’54) and the Cleveland Indians (1955). In his 7 ½ years with the Pirates, Ralph was Home Run Champion of National League 7 straight times (1946 – ’52) and was voted to the N.L. All-Star Team 6 consecutive times. Kiner batted .279, hit 369 home runs and drove in 1,015 runs during a 9-year career. The Pittsburgh Pirates retired his uniform number (#4). Ralph Kiner was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1975. After his playing career he enjoyed a 53 year career as a broadcaster. He died in 2014 at the age of 91. I remember Ralph for hitting most of his home runs to a ‘short porch’ in left field, originally built for Hank Greenberg, to be renamed later as “Kiner’s Korner.”

Ralph Kiner 1954 Bowman #45

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One response to “Ralph Kiner (1954 – Bowman #45)

  1. Jimmy. You sure have a ton of these BEST baseball cards and a helluva great memory of all these players! All I remember about Ralph Kiner was that he could and DID, hit with the greatest of all the sluggers without any doubt! He will always be remembered as when he was next to hit, fans would rxpect a homer most of the time! A real tough out! You amaze me with all the info you have on each player! 2/2/15

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