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Kiner, legendary Mets broadcaster and Hall of Famer, dies at 91

Ralph Kiner, a legend in baseball as a player and broadcaster who was one of the original announcers for the New York Mets, died Thursday. He was 91 years old.

Kiner, Bob Murphy and Lindsey Nelson were first play-by-play announcers for the Mets when the team started play in 1962. Kiner was fixture on radio and later TV for over 50 years. He hosted the postgame show "Kiner's Korner" on WOR-TV

In recent years, Kiner would make appearances on SNY broadcasts, joining Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez.

Kiner was also for his occasional malapropisms. Legend has it that one year, on Mother's Day, he wished all the mothers a happy birthday.

Kiner had a 10-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. His career was cut short by back problems. He had a career .279 batting average with 365 home runs. Kiner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.

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