Ralph Kiner, who spent 10 seasons hitting towering home runs in the major leagues, then spent most of the rest of his life joyfully calling baseball games on radio and TV, died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 91.
The Baseball Hall of Fame announced his death, citing natural causes.
An outfielder, Kiner played for three clubs — he was a shining star for the otherwise dreary Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1940s and early '50s — but New York fans knew him as the funny guy who broadcast Mets games for more than 40 years, mixing up the players' names and goofing up the language.
Kiner loved home runs as a player — he hit 369 of them in...