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Ed Kranepool Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 08, 1944 in New York City, New York
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Baseball Career:
First Game: September 22, 1962; Final Game: September 30, 1979
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 3" Weight: 205

Ed Kranepool
This article was written by Tara Krieger and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

It was a damp night at Shea Stadium in early August 1977. The last-place Mets, toiling through extra innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers, looked done for after the would-be National League champions took a 7-6 lead in the top of the 11th. But they managed to put runners at first and second with one out in the bottom of the inning. With light-hitting shortstop Doug Flynn due up next, manager Joe Torre signaled for the pinch hitter.

Fans sensed what was coming, and what started as a low buzz of speculation among the stragglers of the crowd of just above 9,000 crescendoed into an all-too-familiar chant:

“Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!”

Sure enough, the big lefty with the No. 7 on his back started taking practice cuts in the on-deck circle. Time for Steady Eddie Kranepool, pinch hitter extraordinaire, to play hero once again.

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