17 November 2014

the pirates' ralph kiner memorial patch

ralph kiner was a home run hitter, pure and simple, whose career was cut short by injury.  the pirates' outfielder was (until ryan howard) the quickest to hit 100 home runs and 200 home runs, and he is still the player who got to 300 home runs in a career the fastest.  kiner led the national league in homers in each of his first seven seasons, all with the pirates.  unfortunately, he would play in only three more seasons, ultimately ending his career with the indians in 1955 with a back injury.

kiner was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1975, and the pirates later retired his number 4.  following his death in february of 2014, the team added his number to their right sleeve as a tribute to be worn during the 2014 season.

it is visible on ike davis' 2014 topps card
and brandon cumpton's card from update, too
i've got this 2014 topps finest andrew mccutchen card
in the memorials binder representing kiner, who was the first national league player to have two 50 home run seasons to his credit, a feat not matched until mark mcgwire and sammy sosa accomplished it in 1998-99.

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