Ralph Kiner, MLB Hall of Fame and baseball commentator for half a century, died Thursday at 91 reports ESPN.
Kiner died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, accompanied by his family. Kiner hit 369 homers in a 10-year career, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He debuted in 1945 and immediately his power with the bat was the daily topic among all baseball fans and journalists of the time.
He was leader or co-leader of the National League in home runs in each of his first seven seasons.
When he retired, Kiner was sixth in the historic home run list. Several years later, he joined the group of commentators for the Mets. On his first campaign in 1962, he became a figure of the team to the point that the television box at Shea stadium bears his name.
Kiner had a stroke a decade ago but was still occasionally involved in the transmission of the Mets games. Last season, he worked in a handful of matches in his 52nd year, in the broadcast booth.
"As one of the leading sluggers of baseball for a decade, Ralph got scared at the best pitchers in the Golden Age of baseball, despite a joyful, humble personality and movie star smile," Hall of Fame President, Jeff Idelson said.
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