Ralph Kiner (Ralph McPherran Kiner) was born on October 27, 1922 in Santa Rita, New Mexico. He made his Major League debut on April 16, 1946 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1946, his rookie year, he hit .247 with 23 home runs and 81 RBI. Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians over the course of his 10 year career.
Most people believe that Ralph Kiner's best season was 1949, when he slugged 54 home runs, hit for a .310 average and knocked in 127 runs.
Signed as an amateur free agent by Pittsburgh Pirates (1941).
Traded by Pittsburgh Pirates with Joe Garagiola, Howie Pollet and George Metkovich to Chicago Cubs in exchange for Toby Atwell, Bob Schultz, Preston Ward, George Freese, Bob Addis, Gene Hermanski and $150000 (June 4, 1953).
Traded by Chicago Cubs to Cleveland Indians (November 16, 1954) as part of trade in which Cleveland Indians traded Sam Jones and 2 players to be named later to Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later (September 30, 1954); Chicago Cubs received $60000 (November 16, 1954) and Gale Wade (November 30, 1954).