Today, October 27th, is a date that all of the current “fans”, bandwagon or otherwise, of the New York Mets should cherise…it would have been the birthday of long-time Mets’ announcer Ralph Kiner (1922-2014). As the team will play Game One of the 2015 World Series against the long-time American League franchise from Kansas City tonight, one can only imagine how his “It is gone, goodbye” would have graced the airwaves this past season (especially with Mets’ wunderkind Daniel Murphy).
His 53 seasons as an announcer is third in the list of tenured years as a broadcaster (Vin Scully, Dodgers since 1950; Jamie Jarrin, Spanish announcer for L.A. Dodgers since 1959) and, naturally, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Mets’ Hall of Fame in 1984.
His playing career, however, was short (compared to his broadcasting career); he amassed 369 homers, 1019 RBIs and a lifetime .279 hitter from 1946 to 1955, with the Pirates (who’ve retired his Number 4), Cubs and Indians…but his legacy as a broadcast journalist for the New York franchise will live forever.
Also, on this date that honors New York (as the first subway opened in 1904), I present the following birthday twins; late President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), late author Emily Post (1872-1960), singer/actress Nanette Fabray (1920), late actress/poet Ruby Dee (1922-2014), “Monty Python” alum John Cleese (1939) and late mobster John Gotti (1940-2002).
Additionally, we also have; country superstar Lee Greenwood (1942), actor/producer Ivan Reitman (1946), Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing (1951), Italian actor Roberto Benigni (1952), former “Star Trek: Voyager” doctor Robert Picardo (1953), Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon (1958), former Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland (1967) and Ozzy’s daughter, Kelly Osbourne, was born on this date in 1984.
Here’s hoping that The Mets can honor their late broadcaster…LET’S GO METS!!!!!
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\