To honor Kiner

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I would like to see the Pirates put up a statue of Ralph Kiner, who died last week (“Ralph Kiner: Slugger for Lowly Postwar Pirates,” Feb. 7 news obituary). He deserves more than a bronze casting of his hands gripping a bat.

When I first saw him play in 1947, people would leave the stadium when he was done batting. I thought there was a fire, but the man next to me said most fans left the park then. Kiner was so well liked that he made more money for the Pirates club than the other players.

GEORGE LEYDA
Monongahela


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