Ralph Kiner

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Birthdate 10/27/1922
Death Date 2/6/2014
Debut Year 1946
Year of Induction 1975
Teams Cubs, Indians, Pirates
Position Left Field

The first National League player to twice hit 50 homers in a season, Ralph Kiner was baseball’s preeminent slugger during his ten-year MLB career.

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Ralph Kiner fills out MLB Publicity Bureau questionnaire

Ralph Kiner fills out MLB Publicity Bureau questionnaire

In the collection is an MLB Publicity Bureau questionnaire filled out entirely in Kiner’s hand and dated 16 days after his big league debut. In page one of this 1946 document the 23-year old Kiner writes that he attended Pasadena Jr. College and was an Eastern League all star in 1941 and 1942
Page two of Kiner's MLB Publicity Bureau questionnaire

Page two of Kiner's MLB Publicity Bureau questionnaire

One of the most famous quotes attributed to Kiner was, “Home run hitters drive Cadillacs and singles hitters drive Fords.” Kiner was known for his malaprops in the broadcasting booth, Kiner even called himself, “Ralph Korner” confusing his own last name for the name of his
Historic letter from Kiner to O'Malley wishing to stop the Dodgers' move west

Historic letter from Kiner to O'Malley wishing to stop the Dodgers' move west

After Ralph Kiner’s playing career ended in 1955, the slugger became a member of the front office of the Pacific Coast League’s San Diego Padres. As one of the steps to entice the Dodgers to Los Angeles, the LA City Council adopted ordinance 110204 known as the the “Chavez Ravine Ordinance”.

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