RALPH KINER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/15/1957 - HFSID 158926
Sale Price $324.00
Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner signed this letter, typed on letterhead of the San Diego Baseball Club in 1957, as General Manager of the San Diego Padres. In it, he thanks the recipient for a letter and his "comments on the 'Groucho Marx' show".
Typed letter signed: "Ralph Kiner" as General Manager of the San Diego Padres in blue ink. 1p, 8½x11, on letterhead of the San Diego Baseball Club. San Diego, 1957 January 15. To Edward Barry, St. Louis, Missouri. The future Hall of Famer thanks Barry for his "comments on the 'Groucho Marx' show..." Kiner had appeared as a guest on Groucho's TV quiz show You Bet Your Life (NBC, 1950-1961). In a relatively brief 10-year career, which was shortened by a back ailment, Kiner (1922-2014) hit 369 home runs, winning or sharing the National League home run title in each of his first seven seasons in Pittsburgh. He topped 50 twice, with 51 in 1947 and 54 in 1949. His ratio of 7.1 home runs per 100 at-bats trails only Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire among retired players. Kiner averaged better than 100 RBI a season as he led the National League in slugging percentage three times. Kiner was General Manager of the Pacific Coast League's San Diego Padres in the late 1950s and has been in the New York Mets broadcast booth since 1962. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975. Shaded at upper third of page touching address and salutation. Folds, not at signature. Fine condition.
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