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Baseball Forever
Baseball Forever

Baseball Forever

Reflections on 60 Years in the Game
By Ralph Kiner, By Danny Peary, Foreword by Tom Seaver

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

ISBN 9781572438255

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Apr 2006)

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Overview

Most fans know Ralph Kiner as the New York Mets' long-tenured color commentator, but as a player he was one of the most feared hitters in the game; this autobiography allows Kiner to reveal his life story and to share his learned opinion about many topics affecting the game today.

Author Biography

Ralph Kiner is a former Major League Baseball player and has been the New York Mets broadcaster since the team’s inception. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. Danny Peary has written and edited 18 books on sports and film. He is the writer and researcher for the Tim McCarver Show and the New York correspondent for the Australian magazine, FilmInk. He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York. Tom Sever is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Few baseball careers have been rewarding and fascinating as that of Ralph Kiner. As a Pirate, Kiner led the National League in home runs in 1946, his rookie year, and continued to do so in each of the next six seasons. In two of those campaigns he eclipsed the 50-homer mark, becoming the first National Leaguer to reach that plateau twice. After leaving Pittsburgh, he played a season a half for the Chicago Cubs. He then finished out the rest of his time as a player in the American League with the Cleveland Indians before back problems forced him to quit after the 1955 season. With his playing days behind him at the age of 32, his second career in baseball was just about to begin.

Kiner worked briefly as general manager of the then-minor league San Diego Padres but eventually got into broadcasting, first for the Chicago White Sox and then for the expansion New York Mets team in 1962, their inaugural year...and he\'s still doing it today. He has been the voice of the Mets for more than 40 years, having teamed with such greats as Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy, and Tim McCarver in a remarkable career behind the microphone.

Having spent more than six decades in baseball, Kiner finds himself in rare company as a qualified spokesman for the game he loves. In Baseball Forever: Reflections on 60 Years in the Game, he relives his early playing days, when he became an instant star and then put together one of the best sophomore seasons in the history of the game - and then did it again two years later when he posted the best numbers of his career with 54 home runs, 127 RBI\'s, and a .310 batting average. Going beyond his own personal story, he looks at the game\'s historic integration and the more recent influx of international players, as well as baseball\'s various labor struggles over the years and the state of the game today.

Kiner introduces us to the immortals whom he played alongside - including Stan Musial, Hank Greenberg, Johnny Mize, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, and Mickey Mantle - and reflects on an age when baseball reigned supreme as our national pastime. His superstar status also enabled him to form relationships with some of the biggest entertainment stars of the day - including Bing Crosby (part owner of the Pirates), Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Desi Arnaz, Elizabeth Taylor, and Janet Leigh - and in Baseball Forever Kiner shares those private memories as well.

Kiner\'s observations from 60-plus years in the broadcast booth and on the field qualify him to compare the modern game with that of his era - baseball\'s golden age - and he is refreshingly candid in his opinions and evaluations. Baseball Forever is a treat for anyone with an interest in the history of America\'s game.

About the Author
Danny Peary has written and edited 18 books on sports and film. He is the writer and researcher for The Tim McCarver Show on the Madison Square Garden Network and the
New York correspondent for the Australian magazine FilmInk. He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.