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  • R.I.P. Ralph Kiner

    "Ralph Kiner hit the most home runs in MLB history by a player over his first five seasons and led the National League in homers in each of his first seven seasons (all with the Pirates)."

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_ ... ied-age-91

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    Re: R.I.P. Ralph Kiner

    37 HRs per year for a 10 yr career. give him another 5 yrs and he's at 500+ lifetime ... not bad - pretty good company

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      "....and on this Father's Day wishing all you fathers....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"

      Ralph was great! :lol: :lol:

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        Re: R.I.P. Ralph Kiner

        Not too many stars from my high school; he was one of them.

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          Alhambra HS (Calif.)

          First National Leaguer to hit 100 home runs over a two-year span.

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            Re: R.I.P. Ralph Kiner

            It sounds like Kiner was the ultimate ladies man, having dated Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh and Ava Gardener. Now that's a a triple crown. 8-) There were also rumors linking him with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. He says that Bing Crosby, one of the owners of the Pirates, was his link to the Hollywood scene.

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              Re: R.I.P. Ralph Kiner

              Richie Ashburn met Jamie Lee Curtis once and they were talking about her interest in baseball, at which point she mentioned her mother (Janet Leigh) once dating Kiner.

              Ashburn is reputed to have said, "You know, I had a thing for your mother, but I was just a singles hitter."

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                Re: R.I.P. Ralph Kiner

                "Home run hitters drive Cadillacs, and singles hitters drive Fords."- Ralph Kiner

                Even though he never played for them, he was one of the original Mets, and that's why I was very sad when I found out.

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                  Re: R.I.P. Ralph Kiner

                  Originally posted by JumboElliott
                  "Home run hitters drive Cadillacs, and singles hitters drive Fords."- Ralph Kiner
                  It was a teammate, pitcher Fritz Ostermueller, who said that after Kiner signed his 1948 contract, which included a big raise.

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