The Mets will honor Ralph Kiner Saturday night at Shea. From now until then I hope you load up this site with your favorite Kiner memories and stories.
God Bless Ralph. I hope he wishes everyone a happy Fathers day tomorrow night. And we Met fans only kid like that out of love…
I don’t have any specific memories of Kiner but I did read his book a few years ago.
The only baseball voices I knew growing up were Ralph, Bob and Lindsay. It was strange when they changed and you heard Tim McCarther. I always looked forward to Kiner’s Corner. In High School I took a television class and we did a bit on Kiner’s Corner.
I can’t quite remember the details but in 1974 or 1975 he had Jerry Koosman on Kiner’s Korner. Koosman had about 3 hits and even stole a base on a delayed steal. The tongue-in-cheek explanation had Kiner looking nervously at Koosman while he glanced at his clipboard. Koosman has a sly sense of humor.
The great line in his book “Kiner’s Korner when he says “Bob Murphy introduced me into driving his Mercedes Benz an experience I really enjoyed. He also introduced me to my second wife, an experience I did not enjoy”.
The Montreal Expo pitcher, Dan Schaetzader whose name Ralph could not pronounce and finally asked him if he thought about changing his name. Schaetzader did not enjoy that experience.
Hopefully they can do a Kiner’s Korner and put on former Card pitcher Ricky Horton. Horton grew up in Hyde Park NY always wanting to be on KK. He practiced answering question Ralph could ask. But he was never on.
Kiner’s Korner. Haven’t heard that in a long while..
“I will tell you how bad my Pirate teams were. Joe Garagiola was our catcher.” Ralph Kiner
Ralph once opened a game with ” Its a beautiful day for a Father’s Day doubleheader ..so Happy Birthday to all of you Fathers” He also once tried to convince Tim McCarver that a shot of the Whitestone Bridge (or Throgs Neck) was actually the George Washington, they went on for a while, Ralph said he has been looking at the bridge for over thirty years , Time finally said something about too amny adult beverages.. pretty funny. God Bless You Mr. Kiner
Too many fond memories of Ralph to recall. Love Ralph, such a class act and great broadcaster.
True story: I was working at-time as a cashier in a sporting goods retail chain here in San Diego a few years ago and I was ringing up a middle-aged female customer, who was with a young boy.
When I looked at the credit card and saw the last name “Kiner,” I said, “oh, like the Hall of Fame baseball player.”
To which she said, “I’m his daughter.”
I immediately closed the register after her purchase to talk to her and her son.
I had just been listening to “The Miracle Mets” on CD in my car on the way to work, the famous historical recording narrated by Lindsey Nelson that chronicles Mets history from their 1962 inception to their 1969 World Series championship.
I told her Ralph had practically been a surrogate dad to me, all those years I listened to him as a kid. She was moved.
A week later, I show up at work and there’s a book waiting for me in my locker. It’s a copy of Ralph’s book, which he personally autographed to me.
Like father, like daughter.
Class act all the way.
Or as Ralph would learn from his mother to call people: A jewel.
I remember one game after Joel Youngblood had been traded from the Mets (to the Giants, if I remember correctly.) Youngblood came up to bat, and Ralph introduced him as the “former Joel Youngblood.”
You don’t really need or want that lifestyle, it might hurt y’all slowly more…....Just tell him you
don’t wanna repeat something your not too proud of z7uas.
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