• Ralph Kiner, the slugger for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians whose prodigious on-field exploits became less impressive compared to his half-century as a broadcaster for the New York Mets, has passed away. He was 91.
- KC's View:
- Kiner was one of those great baseball voices for whom the total was more than the sum of the parts. He had great stories, but constantly mangled the English language. It didn't matter, because he was like the uncle who made watching a baseball game infinitely more entertaining and informative. (Albeit an uncle who, in fact, once dated Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh…) Between his play-by-play and post-game show, "Kiner's Korner," he forever will be inextricably linked to the Mets.
And, one other thing. Almost 20 years ago, Kiner said that he'd been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, but he continued to work when he could, and maybe even endeared himself more to audiences.
I love guys like that.