I posted earlier today that the Mets will honor Ralph Kiner with an on-field ceremony in July. I’ve gotten a lot of responses so far, but in case you don’t want to scroll down that far, feel free to post your Kiner memories here.
True story: I was working part-time as a cashier in a San Diego sporting goods chain, Sport Chalet when a senior woman takes out a credit card to pay for a purchase. it has the last name “Kiner.”
“Oh, like the hall of fame baseball player,” I said.
“Yes. He’s my father,” she replied.
Mind you, I had listened on the way to work in my car to my “Miracle Mets” CD, which has many of Ralph’s calls – including Ken Boswell’s game-winning extra inning hit in 1969, which put the Mets in firrst place for the first time in their history – on it.
My jaw dropped. I stopped in th middle of the transaction.
I told her and her young son, who was with her that Ralph practically helped raise me as a kid growing up in Westchester County.
She asked my name, I told her and we shook hands. A week later, I find in my work locker a copy of Ralph’s latest book, personally autographed by him.
What a classy gesture by the Kiner family. Ralph is exactly what he describes in his book, “a gem.”
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