Feb 6, 2014

"Going Going Gone Good Bye" The Passing of Ralph Kiner ( A true Mets & Basbeall Legend)

Today centerfieldmaz remembers Ralph Kiner on his passing.

Kiner was a Mets broadcaster from the teams very first season in 1962.

 For those of us growing up in the "golden age "of Mets baseball, it was Ralph Kiner, along with Bob Murphy who brought us all the great Mets memories.

Kiner was there at start for the Mets 120 game losing season. He was there when the Amazing Mets won the 1969 World Series.

Kiner with Casey Stengel
He was there for Tom Seavers three Cy Young Award seasons. He was there for the 1973 You Gotta Believe NL pennant winners. He was there for the bad years & the rebirth in the 1980's. He was there for Dr. K as he struck out everyone on his way to an electrifying year. He was there for Mex, Daryl & the Kid.

Kiner & Willie Mays
He was there when the '86 Mets, clinched the pennant after a 16 inning NLCS thriller. He was there when the ball went under Bill Buckner's legs &  the Mets won it all once again. He was there for the Mike Piazza years & when Bobby Valentine took the team to two straight post season appearances & the Subway Series &

Thanks for all you gave us Ralph. The classic one liners, the mistakes, the malapropisms, the great baseball stories & the actual live action of Mets baseball.

No matter what jokes people remember about Ralph & his style, he was a true, great baseball broadcaster. He is forever enshrined in Cooperstown in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Broadcasters wing. In a time where baseball was simpler & really for the fans, Kiner gave us a legendary TV show; Kiners Korner.

After each Mets home game, Kiner would interview a star player of that days game for a small bonus check. Kiner not only featured Mets players but visiting players as well. Great stuff. As Ralph would say on his HR calls "going going gone good bye".

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