Ralph Kiner is one of the preeminent figures of the game of baseball as we know it today. He’s an absolute ambassador for the game. A great player (who hit over 350 home runs in his career on his way to making the Hall of Fame in 1974), a lovable broadcaster alongside Bob Murphy and Lindsey Nelson for many years for the Mets (and still calls some games with Gary, Keith and Ron on SNY and PIX11 from time to time, and those times are just treats), and just an awesome storyteller, Ralph has an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball.
And now this encyclopedic knowledge and stories are being put to use on a new SNY.tv miniseries, Kiner’s Korner Revisited. Taken from old clips from the original Kiner’s Korner postgame show (in which Kiner would interview a member of one of the two teams at Shea), Kiner – along with writer for TedQuarters and occasional Random Musings reader Ted Berg – tells stories regarding these wonderful classic clips (of which very, very few remain).
And I must say, after seeing the first episode from Tuesday, man is it great. Ted’s a pretty good interviewer to begin with, but he’s even better when he’s just stepping aside for a master storyteller like Kiner to do the work. As a Mets fan, I’m so glad to see the team looking back on its history – with both this and Mets Yearbooks, which I wrote about before and is also pretty freakin’ sick.
Watch the first episode – featuring a clip of an interview from Pete Rose and stories about player-managers and Shoeless Joe Jackson – here.