A longtime Bradford resident, I am a native of Dormont, approaching my 70th birthday. There are still alive plenty of us who, as young baseball fans, retain clear memories of thrills associated with Ralph Kiner’s towering, majestic home runs at beloved Forbes Field. It seems obvious to me that our Pirates will have sufficient respect for Ralph Kiner (and his Pittsburgh fans who remember him) to honor this good-hearted Hall of Famer (who got there with his integrity intact) by wearing a suitable uniform sleeve patch this season.
To date I have heard of no such intention. I believe it would be a grievous oversight for the Pittsburgh Pirates to play through the 2014 season without this traditional and deserved acknowledgement of the recent passing of this central figure in what has been great in the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
JAMES S. GELSTON