"It is gone, goodbye" - Ralph Kiner passes away aged 91

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Hall-of-Famer Ralph Kiner has died today aged 91.

Having served as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II, Kiner enjoyed a long and successful career in post-war period, ending his playing days with the Cleveland Indians in 1955.

But it is his seven years with e Pittsburgh Pirates for which he will be best remembered.

An exceptional left fielder, Kiner was a six-time All-Star, and the National League's home run champion for seven consecutive years between 1946-1952.

He finished his career with a .279 batting average and 369 home runs.

Kiner was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.

The New Mexico native went on to have a hugely successful broadcasting career in which he was a near-ever present voice in the New York Mets commentary booth for 52 years.

Mets chairman Fred Wilpon was one of the first to pay his respects:

"Raplh Kiner was one of the most beloved people in Mets history - an original Met and extraordinary gentleman.

"Like his stories, he was one of a kind. We send our deepest condolenses to Ralph's five children and 12 grandchildren.

"Our sport and society lost one of the all-time greats," a statement released by the club read. 

That ball is gone. Goodbye. 

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