Kiner, Ralph McPherran, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 131X, NAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
Service Years
1943 - 1945

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Santa Rita
Last Address
Rancho Mirage, California

Date of Passing
Feb 06, 2014
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
Advancement Schools and CoursesSchool Assignments - StaffUS Navy
  1943-1944, OC, Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD)
  1944-1944, 131X, Primary Flight Training, NAS Corpus Cristi, TX
  1944-1945, 131X, NAS Kaneohe Bay, HI
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
                  We lost Mr Ralph Kiner sat age 91 on 6 Feb 2014.   From all accounts posted on various media, Ralph Kiner was one of the games great gentlemen, never too busy or important for the time of the media, other players players or fans.  He was truly a fine example of a man from "the Greatest Generation",  He was funny and friendly, accessable and honest..

                    Hand...........SALUTE,........Ensign Kiner.

         At the time of his passing, Ralph was semi retired from the Mets broadcasting booth, doing occasional guest game broadcasts, and personal appearances as his health allowed.
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National Baseball Hall of FamerRalph Kiner


Date and Place of Birth: October 27, 1922 Santa Rita, New Mexico

Baseball Experience: Major League
Position: Outfield
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Patrol Squadron 99, US Navy

Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations


Ralph M Kiner was born in Santa Rita, New Mexico on October 27, 1922. Kiner's father died when Ralph was young and his mother moved to California. He played baseball at Alhambra High School and was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates immediately after graduating. His professional career  began in 1941 as an outfielder with the Albany Senators in the Class A Eastern League. In two seasons with the Senators he batted .288 and .268. In 1942 his 14 homers led the league.

Kiner joined the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League in 1943, but within a few weeks he was inducted in the Navy. As a cadet he attended St Mary's Pre-Flight School in California and earned his pilot's wings and commission at Corpus Christi in December 1944. He flew Martin PBM Mariners from Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station in Hawaii on submarine patrols, accumulating 1,200 flying hours and playing hardly any baseball during that time.


Kiner broke into the major leagues with the Pirates in 1946 and led the National League in home runs for seven consecutive seasons. By 1951, he was the highest paid player in the league, at $90,000 and became one of the first players to host his own local TV show.

He retired after the 1955 season and became general-manager of the San Diego Padres in the Pacific Coast League - a position he held until 1960 when he launched a career as a baseball broadcaster with the White Sox and then the Mets.


Martin PBM Mariner Patrol Plane

Ralph Kiner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.

Ralph played for the:
Pittsburgh Pirates 1946-1953
Chicago Cubs 1953-1954
Cleveland Indians 1955

       Ralph was a slugging power hitting Outfielder who was a six time All Star.

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