As a fan, one cannot help
but wonder what this great slugger would have been able to accomplish
if a back injury had not forced him to retire at age 32.
In each of
his first seven years in Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirate
outfielder led the National League in homeruns. Kiner's name is synonymous
the Pirates all-time offensive records along with Willie Stargell. As
Willie was the greatest offensive threat from the left side of the plate,
Kiner was their greatest threat from the right of the plate. His 10
year career statistics speak for themselves: twice he hit over 50 homeruns,
drove in 100 or more runs six times, ranked first in slugging percentage
three times, and averaged over 100 walks. In 1949 his 127 RBI was tops
in the league. Kiner's shortened career was complete in 1975 with his
induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.