Found June 04, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Ralph Kiner was a very unique ballplayer for his time in baseball. Kiner only played ten season in the majors, and hit a whopping 369 home runs in those ten years. Despite his brief career, Kiner was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. His election was extremely unique, as not only was he elected in his final year of eligibility, but he also reached the required 75% of ballots by just a handful of votes, finishing with 273 of 362 votes for a total of 75.4% of voters approving of his election. If just two of those 273 voters in favor of Kiner's election changed their mind, he would have had to rely on the Veterans' Committee to gain election, though he probably would have gained election if it came to that. Even when looking at Kiner's statistics from a modern, sabermetrically-inclined standpoint, he stacks up well against not only the hitters of his time, but hitters of modern times. His 369 home runs are 72nd all-time, ahead of Hall of Famers like Joe DiMag...
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