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Full Name: Ralph McPherran Kiner Primary Position: OF
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/195 First Game: April 16, 1946
Birthdate: October 27, 1922 Final Game: September 25, 1955
Birthplace: Santa Rita, New Mexico MLB Experience: 10 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

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.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1946 PIT N 144 502 63 124 23 81 .247 .345 .430 17 3 74 109 1 2 3 0 15
1947 PIT N 152 565 118 177 51 127 .313 .417 .639 23 4 98 81 2 1 1 0 12
1948 PIT N 156 555 104 147 40 123 .265 .391 .533 19 5 112 61 3 0 1 0 15
1949 PIT N 152 549 116 170 54 127 .310 .432 .658 19 5 117 61 1 0 6 0 10
1950 PIT N 150 547 112 149 47 118 .272 .408 .590 21 6 122 79 3 0 2 0 22
1951 PIT N 151 531 124 164 42 109 .309 .452 .627 31 6 137 57 2 0 2 0 10
1952 PIT N 149 516 90 126 37 87 .244 .384 .500 17 2 110 77 7 0 3 0 6
1953 PIT N 41 148 27 40 7 29 .270 .383 .466 6 1 25 21 2 0 1 0 1
1953 CHI N 117 414 73 117 28 87 .283 .394 .529 14 2 75 67 1 1 1 0 10
1953 TOT N 158 562 100 157 35 116 .279 .391 .512 20 3 100 88 3 1 2 0 11
1954 CHI N 147 557 88 159 22 73 .285 .371 .487 36 5 76 90 2 5 2 4 17
1955 CLE A 113 321 56 78 18 54 .243 .367 .452 13 0 65 46 0 0 0 1 8
Total NL 1359 4884 915 1373 351 961 .281 .400 .554 203 39 946 703 24 9 22 4 118
Total AL 113 321 56 78 18 54 .243 .367 .452 13 0 65 46 0 0 0 1 8
Total 1472 5205 971 1451 369 1015 .279 .398 .548 216 39 1011 749 24 9 22 5 126

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1946 PIT N OF 140 0 0 339 6 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1947 PIT N OF 152 0 0 390 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1948 PIT N OF 154 0 0 382 6 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 .975
1949 PIT N OF 152 0 0 311 12 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 .979
1950 PIT N OF 150 0 0 287 13 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 .965
1951 PIT N OF 94 0 0 195 7 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .967
1951 PIT N 1B 58 0 0 556 29 11 59 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1952 PIT N OF 149 0 0 250 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .970
1953 PIT N OF 41 0 0 71 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1953 CHI N OF 116 0 0 211 6 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .964
1953 TOT N LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1953 TOT N OF 157 0 0 282 11 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1954 CHI N OF 147 147 1275.1 298 6 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1954 CHI N LF 147 147 1275.1 297 7 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1955 CLE A OF 87 0 0 141 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .986
Total OF 1382 147 1275.1 2875 80 80 14 0 0 0 0 0 .974
Total 1B 58 0 0 556 29 11 59 0 0 0 0 0 .982
Total LF 147 147 1275.1 297 7 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 .971

Transactions

  • 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).
  • Released by Cleveland Indians (October 24, 1955).

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