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Ralph Kiner
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Baseball Player
    (October 27, 1922-February 6, 2014)
    Played outfield and first base for the Pirates, Cubs and Indians
    Brief tenure as General Manager for the San Diego Padres in the Pacific Coast league
    N.Y. Mets original broadcaster (1962-2013)
    Lead the league or tied for the lead for home runs in the National League for seven consecutive seasons
    He was quoted during a Mets broadcast saying: 'All of the Mets road wins against the Dodgers this year occurred at Dodger Stadium.'
    He was quoted during a Mets broadcast saying: 'Solo homers usually come with no one on base.'
    He was quoted during a Mets broadcast saying: 'If Casey Stengel were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave.'
    Instead of saying Gary Carter was batting for the Mets, he said: 'Now up to bat for the Mets is Gary Cooper.'
    His likeness is on a bobblehead doll with Bob Murphy.
    He said home run hitters drive Cadillacs.
    He is the only player to hit a home run in three consecutive All-Star games (1949, 50, 51).
    The N.Y. Mets broadcast booths are named in Bob Murphy's honor (August 17, 2002).
    He was the only ball player to ever lead the league in home runs during his first seven seasons in the league.
    He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975.
    He was married to the first unseeded former woman's tennis player to make it to the semi finals at the US open (Nancy Chaffee).

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