Hall of Fame baseball player, Ralph Kiner, dies at the age of 91

By Alicia Mayle,

Ralph Kiner, an American Major League baseball player and Hall of Famer, has died of natural causes at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. at the age of 91 on Jan. 6.

Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Jane Forbes Clark said, "With the passing of Ralph Kiner, the baseball world has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and the Hall of Fame has lost a wonderful friend.”

Clark added that Kiner had eight seasons under his belt as a player, broadcaster and executive and that “he will live on forever in Cooperstown,” according to CBS Sports.

The baseball player also worked in broadcast for the New York Mets. Kiner liked to mess up the names famous players, such as Gary Carter, Daryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, according to Los Angeles Times.

He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946-1953, the Chicago Cubs from 1953-1954 and Cleveland Indians in 1955. He had a home run record of 369 until his baseball career ended because of injuries. He was later inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.

Warren Spahn once said that “Ralph Kiner can wipe out your lead with one swing," according to Baseball Hall.

The baseball Hall of Famer was born on Oct. 27, 1922 in Santa Rita, N.M.

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