Ralph Kiner Stats

Ralph Kiner was born on Friday, October 27, 1922, in Santa Rita, New Mexico. Kiner was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 16, 1946, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ralph Kiner baseball stats page.

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"I think one of the most difficult things for anyone who's played baseball is to accept the fact that maybe the players today are playing just as well as ever." - Ralph Kiner in Voices from Cooperstown: Baseball's Hall of Famers Tell It Like It Was (Anthony J. Connor, Galahad Books, 03/1998, Page 295) [ Ralph Kiner Quotes ]

Ralph Kiner

Ralph 'Mr. Home Run' Kiner Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#191 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Ralph 'Mr. Home Run' Kiner Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#191 | Checklist )

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LCS
World Series
Birth Name:
Ralph McPherran Kiner
Nickname:
Mr. Home Run, Ozark
Born On:
10-27-1922  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Santa Rita, New Mexico
Year of Death Data Died On:
02-06-2014 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Rancho Mirage, California
Cemetery:
Greenlawn Cemetery, Farmington, New Mexico
High School:
Alhambra High School (Alhambra, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
04-16-1946 (Age 23)
Last Game:
09-25-1955
Draft:
Not Applicable

Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner Pitching Stats

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Ralph Kiner Hitting Stats

1946 24 Pirates 144 502 63 124 17 3 23 1 81 74 3 109 2 - 1 15 .247 .345 .430
1947 25 Pirates 152 565 118 177 23 4 51 0 127 98 8 81 1 - 2 12 .313 .417 .639
1948 26 Pirates 156 555 104 147 19 5 40 1 123 112 5 61 0 - 3 15 .265 .391 .533
1949 27 Pirates 152 549 116 170 19 5 54 4 127 117 12 61 0 - 1 10 .310 .432 .658
1950 28 Pirates 150 547 112 149 21 6 47 2 118 122 19 79 0 - 3 22 .272 .408 .590
1951 29 Pirates 151 531 124 164 31 6 42 3 109 137 13 57 0 - 2 10 .309 .452 .627
1952 30 Pirates 149 516 90 126 17 2 37 0 87 110 13 77 0 - 7 6 .244 .384 .500
1953 31 Pirates 41 148 27 40 6 1 7 0 29 25 2 21 0 - 2 1 .270 .383 .466
1953 31 Cubs 117 414 73 117 14 2 28 1 87 75 9 67 1 - 1 10 .283 .394 .529
1954 32 Cubs 147 557 88 159 36 5 22 0 73 76 5 90 5 3 2 17 .285 .371 .487
1955 33 Indians 113 321 56 78 13 0 18 1 54 65 1 46 0 4 0 8 .243 .367 .452
10 Years 1,472 5,205 971 1,451 216 39 369 13 1,015 1,011 90 749 9 7 24 126 .279 .398 .548

Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner Fielding Stats

1946 Pirates CF 75 75 1,797 221 2.9 214 209 5 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .968 3.22
1946 Pirates LF 65 63 1,656 135 2.1 131 130 1 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.14
1947 Pirates LF 152 152 444 405 2.7 398 390 8 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .983 24.20
1948 Pirates LF 154 154 444 398 2.6 388 382 6 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .975 23.59
1949 Pirates LF 152 152 3,984 330 2.2 323 311 12 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.19
1950 Pirates LF 150 150 438 311 2.1 300 287 13 11 2 n/a n/a n/a .965 18.49
1951 Pirates 1B 58 58 1,533 596 10.3 585 556 29 11 59 n/a n/a n/a .982 10.30
1951 Pirates LF 94 93 2,472 209 2.2 202 195 7 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.21
1952 Pirates LF 149 149 3,885 267 1.8 259 250 9 8 0 n/a n/a n/a .970 1.80
1953 Pirates LF 41 41 1,056 76 1.9 76 71 5 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.94
1953 Cubs LF 116 116 2,958 225 1.9 217 211 6 8 2 n/a n/a n/a .964 1.98
1954 Cubs LF 147 147 363 312 2.1 303 296 7 9 1 n/a n/a n/a .971 22.54
1955 Indians LF 87 79 2,103 146 1.7 144 142 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .986 1.85
LF Totals 1,307 1,296 19,803 2,814 2.2 2,741 2,665 76 73 12 n/a n/a n/a .974 3.74
CF Totals 75 75 1,797 221 2.9 214 209 5 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .968 3.22
1B Totals 58 58 1,533 596 10.3 585 556 29 11 59 n/a n/a n/a .982 10.30
10 Years 1,440 1,429 23,133 3,631 2.5 3,540 3,430 110 91 73 n/a n/a n/a .975 4.13

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Ralph Kiner Miscellaneous Stats

1946 Pirates 3 3 .500 4 0 n/a 21.8 4.6 6.2 - - -
1947 Pirates 1 3 .250 0 0 n/a 11.1 7.0 4.4 - - -
1948 Pirates 1 2 .333 2 0 n/a 13.9 9.1 4.5 - - -
1949 Pirates 6 5 .545 0 0 n/a 10.2 9.0 4.3 - - -
1950 Pirates 2 3 .400 0 0 n/a 11.6 6.9 4.6 - - -
1951 Pirates 2 1 .667 0 0 n/a 12.6 9.3 4.9 - - -
1952 Pirates 3 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 13.9 6.7 5.9 - - -
1953 Pirates 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 21.1 7.0 5.1 - - -
1953 Cubs 1 1 .500 1 0 n/a 14.8 6.2 4.8 - - -
1954 Cubs 2 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 25.3 6.2 7.6 - - -
1955 Indians 0 0 .000 34 0 n/a 17.8 7.0 5.9 - - -
10 Years 22 18 .550 41 0 n/a 14.1 6.9 5.1 - - -

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Ralph Kiner Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1946 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $5,000.00 - -
1947 Pittsburgh Pirates 4 $15,000.00 - -
1948 Pittsburgh Pirates 4 $35,000.00 Stats -
1949 Pittsburgh Pirates 4 $50,000.00 Stats -
1950 Pittsburgh Pirates 4 $65,000.00 Stats -
1951 Pittsburgh Pirates 4 $65,000.00 Stats -
1952 Pittsburgh Pirates 4 $90,000.00 Stats -
1953 Pittsburgh Pirates 4 $75,000.00 Stats -
1953 Chicago Cubs 4 "     " Stats -
1954 Chicago Cubs 4 $65,000.00 - -
1955 Cleveland Indians 9 $50,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Ralph Kiner broke three records once set by Babe Ruth , the faster player to hit 100 home runs (376 Games, Ruth took 528 games), the fastest player to hit 200 home runs (706 Games, Ruth took 816 games) and the fastest player to hit 300 home runs (1,087 Games, Ruth took 1,172 games). Kiner's records have since been passed, but when he said, "Home run hitters drive Cadillacs and singles hitters drive Fords," he was ahead of his time.
Ralph Kiner Rookie Baseball Card
Ralph Kiner Rookie Card | 1948 Leaf Baseball Card (#91) | Baseball Almanac Collection

Did you know that Babe Ruth (1920, 1921, 1927, 1928), Jimmie Foxx (1932, 1938), Ralph Kiner (1947, 1959) and Willie Mays (1955, 1965) are the only players in baseball history to put together two-or-more seasons with fifty home runs, but less than one-hundred strikeouts?

Did you know that Hack Wilson was the first National League player to hit fifty-or-more home runs during a single season, going deep 56 times in 1930? The next two were Ralph Kiner and Johnny Mize , who each hit 51 home runs in 1947. When Kiner hit 54 homers in 1949, he became the first NL player to hit fifty-or-more home runs during a season more than once.

Ralph Kiner was the National League home run champion in every one of his first seven seasons in the Major Leagues , 1946 through 1952. His attitude at the plate was, "I try to hit the ball as hard as I can every time I swing," and he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 for his hitting ability.

Ralph Kiner Consecutive Home Run Record Book

On August 15, 1947 , Kiner hit two home runs. On August 16, 1947 , Kiner hit three home runs. Five home runs in two consecutive game tied the National League record and Kiner remains the only Pirate to reach this plateau.

When Kiner hit three homers in a game on August 16, 1947 , he became the first Pittsburgh Pirates player with three home runs during the same game.

On September 11, 1947 , Kiner hit two home runs. On September 12, 1947 , Kiner hit three home runs. Five home runs in two consecutive game tied the National League record that Kiner himself tied one year earlier.

Three American League players have hit seven home runs over the course of four games. Kiner is the only player in Major League history with eight home runs over four consecutive games (with at least one home run in each game).

Waite Hoyt Hall of Fame Plaque
Ralph Kiner | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1975 ( HOF )
In 1975, during his final year of eligibility, the Baseball Writers Association of American voted Ralph Kiner into the Baseball Hall of Fame, with 75.4% of the writers selecting him on their ballot, exactly one vote more than the minimum required for election. The totals before his induction were: 1960 (1.1%), 1962 (3.1%), 1964 (15.4%), 1966 (24.5%), 1967 (42.5%), 1968 (41.7%), 1969 (40.3%), 1970 (55.7%), 1971 (58.9%), 1972 (59.3%), 1973 (61.8%), 1974 (58.9%).

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