Yes, honor Ralph Kiner

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I very much agree with the “First Person” commentary “Memories of Ralph Kiner” (March 15) by Richard Peterson.

I see the New York Mets are honoring the late Ralph Kiner for his many years of broadcasting the Met games, but he should be honored for his Major League Baseball heroics here in Pittsburgh with the Pirates wearing a No. 4 on their uniforms this season.

I was fortunate to be in the stands at Three Rivers Stadium on the night the Pirates retired his No. 4 jersey number. I can still see in my mind’s eye, Ralph and his wife circling the stadium while riding in a white convertible. That may have been his last visit to the city that loved him.

Like Mr. Peterson, I remember many thrills in watching Kiner’s home run balls clearing the clock at Forbes Field, and not leaving the park until after his last time at bat.

There is no better way to show tribute to him than by the players wearing his No. 4 on their shoulder patch. Let it happen.

DICK KRAFT
Bethel Park


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