Friday, November 30, 2012

1951 Topps Red Back #15 - Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner (b. 1922) played in the majors from 1946 to 1955 for the Pirates, Cubs and Indians.  Tutored by the legendary Hank Greenberg when the latter was a member of the 1947 Pittsburgh Pirates, Kiner emerged as one of the premier power hitters in the history of baseball.  Kiner led the league in homers for the first seven years that he played.  Playing 10 seasons, he would hit more than 30 home runs in seven seasons; 40 or more home runs in five; and 50 or more twice.  He was a .279 career hitter with 1,451 hits and 369 home runs.  He finished as high as 4th in the NL MVP voting (1949) and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975 (his 13th ballot with 75.4% of the vote).

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