Earlier today, on my own Mets site (Studious Metsimus), I published a recap of Game 7 of the 1986 World Series, which took place 26 years ago today. In the recap, I included Bob Murphy’s famous “the dream has come true” call from Jesse Orosco’s final pitch of the game. Well, Bob Murphy’s long-time partner in the broadcast booth is also celebrating a special anniversary today – the 90th anniversary of his birth.
Ralph Kiner (born October 27, 1922) has been broadcasting Mets games since their inaugural season in 1962. As he has gotten older, he has only been able to make it to the booth for a few select games per season. But when he does, he always has tremendous stories to share with the viewing audience.
One particular story involves a famous malapropism. You see, in addition to achieving fame as a Hall of Fame player and dater of Hollywood stars, Kiner was also known for his “fun with words” in the broadcast booth. Over the years, the Mets legend has uttered gems like “solo home