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February 7, 2014 6:00 am

Remembering Ralph Kiner


Will Woods

How Kiner endeared himself to fans long after his career was cut short.

The sad news about Ralph Kiner’s passing on Thursday, as with anything about Ralph Kiner, brought to mind one of my very favorite jokes. It happened during a Dodgers-Mets game on May 18, 2001; Eric Karros had just doubled off Al Leiter, and Kiner took to the microphone.

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What baseball life is like at the second-highest level, as told by the radio voice of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Mike Curto is about to begin his 15th season as the broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has called 11 Major League Baseball games—the best 11 days of his life. You can read his writing at Booth, Justice and the American Pastime and follow him on Twitter @CurtoWorld.

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