March 25, 2014

Mets Won't Be Alone In Honoring Kiner

When the Mets take the field this season, they won't be the only organization to honor the legacy of Ralph Kiner, who passed away this past winter.  The Pittsburgh Pirates, with whom Kiner spent more than seven seasons will wear the patch shown above this season.  During his time in Pittsburgh, Kiner was a six time all-star and seven time National League home run champion.  The Pirates retired his number in 1987, eight years after he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Following his playing career, Kiner was the voice of the New York Mets, calling games from the franchise's inaugural season in 1962.  He call games each since since, doing guest spots as recently as last season with Gary, Kieth and Ron.  His more than fifty years with the Mets prompted the Mets to honor him with a patch as well.

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