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A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: Ralph claims he hits home runs to earn a big contract so his mother can retire from her nursing job. Kiner’s mom has raised him on her own since Ralph’s dad passed away when he was four years old. Ralph has received batting tips from Pirate legend Honus Wagner and teammate Hank Greenberg, who suggested Kiner hold his bat closer to his rear shoulder. Kiner hits so many circuit blows now the Pirates have dubbed left field “Kiner’s Korner,” upgrading it from “Greenberg’s Gardens.”


Birth Date: October 27, 1922
Birth Location: Santa Rita, NM
Death Date: February 6, 2014
Death Location: Rancho Mirage CA, USA
Weight: 195 lb
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Bats: R
Throws: R
Debut Date: April 16, 1946
Final Game Date: September 25, 1955
Years Played: 11
Games Played: 1,472
At Bats: 5,205
Runs: 971
Hits: 1,451
Doubles: 216
Triples: 39
Home Runs: 369
RBIs: 1,015
Stolen Bases: 22
Base on Balls: 1
Batting Average: 0.279
Position: Left Fielder

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