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Ralph Kiner

Ralph McPherran Kiner

Positions: Leftfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: October 27, 1922 in Santa Rita, NM
High School: Alhambra HS (Alhambra, CA)
Schools: Pasadena City College (Pasadena, CA), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Signed
by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1941. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1946 (Age 23.171)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1946 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Cubs/Indians 1946-1955

Final Game: September 25, 1955 (Age 32.333)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1975 (273/362 ballots).
   View Ralph Kiner Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: February 6, 2014 in Rancho Mirage, CA
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1946 PIT NL 23 OF 140 138 127 356 339 6 11 2 .969 2.46 .977 2.39 MVP-30
1946 PIT NL 23 CF 75 75 66 222 211 4 7 2 .968 2.87 .979 2.83 MVP-30
1946 PIT NL 23 LF 65 63 61 134 129 1 4 0 .970 2.00 .975 2.25 MVP-30
1947 PIT NL 24 LF 152 152 148 399 384 8 7 0 .982 2.58 .976 2.30 MVP-6
1947 PIT NL 24 OF 152 152 148 405 390 8 7 1 .983 2.62 .977 2.42 MVP-6
1948 PIT NL 25 LF 154 154 148 390 375 5 10 1 .974 2.47 .970 2.30 AS,MVP-7
1948 PIT NL 25 OF 154 154 148 398 382 6 10 1 .975 2.52 .978 2.39 AS,MVP-7
1949 PIT NL 26 LF 152 152 150 319 300 12 7 4 .978 2.05 .974 2.37 AS,MVP-4
1949 PIT NL 26 OF 152 152 150 330 311 12 7 3 .979 2.13 .977 2.48 AS,MVP-4
1950 PIT NL 27 LF 150 150 146 1325.2 297 275 11 11 3 .963 1.94 1.91 .977 2.29 2.27 AS,MVP-5
1950 PIT NL 27 OF 150 150 146 1325.2 311 287 13 11 2 .965 2.04 2.00 .978 2.34 2.31 AS,MVP-5
1951 PIT NL 28 LF 94 93 92 825.0 208 195 6 7 1 .966 2.19 2.14 .977 2.32 2.31 AS,MVP-10
1951 PIT NL 28 OF 94 93 92 825.0 209 195 7 7 1 .967 2.20 2.15 .981 2.42 2.41 AS,MVP-10
1951 PIT NL 28 1B 58 58 53 510.1 596 556 29 11 59 .982 10.32 10.09 .989 9.76 9.72 AS,MVP-10
1952 PIT NL 29 LF 149 149 137 1296.0 259 243 8 8 0 .969 1.74 1.68 .979 2.02 2.00 AS,MVP-23
1952 PIT NL 29 OF 149 149 137 1296.0 267 250 9 8 0 .970 1.80 1.74 .981 2.31 2.29 AS,MVP-23
1953 TOT NL 30 LF 157 157 141 1337.0 287 268 11 8 3 .972 -13 -12 1.88 1.78 .976 2.15 2.10 AS
1953 TOT NL 30 OF 157 157 141 1337.0 301 282 11 8 3 .973 -13 -12 1.97 1.87 .980 2.37 2.32 AS
1953 PIT NL 30 LF 41 41 38 352.0 70 65 5 0 1 1.000 2 6 1.79 1.71 .976 2.15 2.10
1953 PIT NL 30 OF 41 41 38 352.0 76 71 5 0 1 1.000 2 6 1.94 1.85 .980 2.37 2.32
1953 CHC NL 30 LF 116 116 103 985.0 217 203 6 8 2 .963 -15 -18 1.91 1.80 .976 2.15 2.10
1953 CHC NL 30 OF 116 116 103 985.0 225 211 6 8 2 .964 -15 -18 1.98 1.87 .980 2.37 2.32
1954 CHC NL 31 LF 147 147 121 1272.1 310 294 7 9 1 .971 -4 -4 2.13 2.05 .971 2.18 2.17
1954 CHC NL 31 OF 147 147 121 1272.1 313 298 6 9 1 .971 -4 -4 2.15 2.07 .975 2.36 2.34
1955 CLE AL 32 LF 87 79 60 701.2 146 142 2 2 0 .986 -12 -21 1.85 1.66 .980 2.26 2.25
1955 CLE AL 32 OF 87 79 60 701.2 145 141 2 2 0 .986 -12 -21 1.83 1.64 .982 2.40 2.38
10 Seasons OF 1382 1371 1270 6757.2 3035 2875 80 80 14 .974 -29 -5 2.00 2.14 .978 2.36 2.37
10 Seasons LF 1307 1296 1204 6757.2 2749 2605 71 73 13 .973 -29 -5 1.95 2.05 .975 2.19 2.23
1 Season CF 75 75 66 222 211 4 7 2 .968 2.87 .979 2.83
1 Season 1B 58 58 53 510.1 596 556 29 11 59 .982 10.32 10.09 .989 9.76 9.72
10 Seasons TOT 1440 1429 1323 7268.0 3631 3431 109 91 73 .975 -29 -5 2.58 2.46 .980 2.88 2.67
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1946 PIT NL 23 CF
1946 PIT NL 23 LF
1947 PIT NL 24 LF
1948 PIT NL 25 LF
1949 PIT NL 26 LF
1950 PIT NL 27 LF
1951 PIT NL 28 LF
1951 PIT NL 28 1B
1952 PIT NL 29 LF
1953 PIT NL 30 LF 2 6 2 -1 3 0
1953 CHC NL 30 LF -15 -18 -9 -1 -8 -6
1954 CHC NL 31 LF -4 -4 -1 -2 1 -3
1955 CLE AL 32 LF -12 -21 -10 -8 -2 -2
10 Seasons LF -29 -5 -18 -12 -7 -11
1 Season CF
1 Season 1B
10 Seasons TOT -29 -5 -18 -12 -7 -11

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1946 PIT NL 23 144 138 144 140 0 0 0 0 0 0 65 75 0 140 0 4 0
1947 PIT NL 24 152 152 152 152 0 0 0 0 0 0 152 0 0 152 0 0 0
1948 PIT NL 25 156 154 156 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 154 0 0 154 0 2 0
1949 PIT NL 26 152 152 152 152 0 0 0 0 0 0 152 0 0 152 0 0 0
1950 PIT NL 27 150 150 150 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 150 0 0 150 0 0 0
1951 PIT NL 28 151 151 151 151 0 0 58 0 0 0 94 0 0 94 0 0 0
1952 PIT NL 29 149 149 149 149 0 0 0 0 0 0 149 0 0 149 0 0 0
1953 CHC NL 30 117 116 117 116 0 0 0 0 0 0 116 0 0 116 0 1 0
1953 PIT NL 30 41 41 41 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 0 0 41 0 0 0
1954 CHC NL 31 147 147 147 147 0 0 0 0 0 0 147 0 0 147 0 0 0
1955 CLE AL 32 113 79 113 87 0 0 0 0 0 0 87 0 0 87 0 34 0
10 Seasons 1472 1429 1472 1439 0 0 58 0 0 0 1307 75 0 1382 0 41 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1946 PIT NL 23 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 7 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 24 12 50.0% 12 0 0.0% 0 804 63% 87% 32% 90 49%
1947 PIT NL 24 4 0 4 0 1 7 0 3 1 2 38 30 2 18 4 2 6 3 0 14 3 0 24 23 0 100 63 63.0% 34 4 4.0% 3 4604 65% 84% 32% 451 66%
1948 PIT NL 25 7 0 7 0 1 3 0 1 0 1 31 24 1 28 5 0 20 7 0 8 1 0 16 15 0 103 52 50.5% 50 1 1.0% 2 3717 62% 83% 31% 404 59%
1949 PIT NL 26 6 0 6 0 0 10 0 2 2 4 51 37 1 37 8 1 27 14 4 10 0 0 19 18 1 144 77 53.5% 59 7 4.9% 3 4202 67% 82% 31% 465 49%
1950 PIT NL 27 8 0 7 1 0 7 0 3 2 1 64 42 1 31 6 0 13 7 1 9 0 1 22 19 1 139 74 53.2% 61 4 2.9% 3 4368 66% 83% 32% 404 52%
1951 PIT NL 28 6 0 6 0 3 4 0 0 3 1 39 30 2 22 2 0 9 3 1 5 1 0 15 15 0 90 51 56.7% 36 3 3.3% 1 2573 69% 83% 29% 276 49%
1952 PIT NL 29 7 0 7 0 1 6 0 2 2 2 32 22 2 21 1 0 21 10 1 18 4 0 12 12 0 104 49 47.1% 52 3 2.9% 3 3920 63% 82% 29% 332 53%
1953 CHC NL 30 7 0 7 0 1 6 0 2 3 0 47 35 1 31 4 0 31 10 0 9 0 0 24 21 1 142 70 49.3% 70 2 1.4% 4 3885 62% 82% 33% 379 47%
1953 PIT NL 30 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 17 14 0 19 2 0 7 5 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 49 26 53.1% 20 3 6.1% 0 1155 64% 81% 27% 125 45%
1954 CHC NL 31 8 0 8 0 0 6 0 2 2 2 46 34 1 31 3 1 13 8 0 19 3 0 22 18 1 131 66 50.4% 62 3 2.3% 3 4613 64% 82% 29% 452 54%
1955 CLE AL 32 2 0 2 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 55 42 0 29 2 0 18 13 0 7 1 0 12 11 0 121 69 57.0% 51 0 0.0% 2 3030 64% 76% 30% 332 43%
10 Seasons 58 0 57 1 8 54 0 16 16 16 427 317 11 274 37 4 172 82 9 100 13 2 174 160 4 1147 609 53.1% 507 30 2.6% 24 36871 65% 82% 31% 3710 53%
MLB Averages 57.8% 2.6% 62% 82% 31% 51%

Advanced Fielding -- CF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1946 PIT NL 23 3 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 11 1 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 15 11 1 38 14 36.8% 23 1 2.6% 1 1070 63% 85% 32% 130 66%
1 Season 3 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 11 1 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 15 11 1 38 14 36.8% 23 1 2.6% 1 1070 63% 85% 32% 130 66%
MLB Averages 45.4% 2.8% 62% 82% 31% 60%

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1951 PIT NL 28 1714 66% 81% 28% 94 90% 0 407 20 383 5 50 18 9 5 0 2 10 1 7 2 8 39 0 1 0 30 2 8 0 8 3 100%
1 Season 1714 66% 81% 28% 94 90% 0 407 20 383 5 50 18 9 5 0 2 10 1 7 2 8 39 0 1 0 30 2 8 0 8 3 100%
MLB Averages 62% 82% 26% 93% 85%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1960 BBWAA ( 1.1%)
1962 BBWAA ( 3.1%)
1964 BBWAA (15.4%)
1964 Run Off ( 1.5%)
1966 BBWAA (24.5%)
1967 BBWAA (42.5%)
1967 Run Off (13.4%)
1968 BBWAA (41.7%)
1969 BBWAA (40.3%)
1970 BBWAA (55.7%)
1971 BBWAA (58.9%)
1972 BBWAA (59.3%)
1973 BBWAA (61.8%)
1974 BBWAA (58.9%)
1975 BBWAA (75.4%)
Selected to HOF in 1975 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1946 NL (30, 1%)
1947 NL (6, 30%)
1948 NL (7, 16%)
1949 NL (4, 40%)
1950 NL (5, 27%)
1951 NL (10, 15%)
1952 NL (23, 2%)
1.31 Career Shares (176th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1951 NL  11 (4th)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1947 NL  152 (1st)
1948 NL  154 (1st)
1949 NL  152 (2nd)
1950 NL  150 (1st)
1951 NL  94 (5th)
1952 NL  149 (2nd)
1953 NL  157 (1st)
1954 NL  147 (1st)
Career  1,307 (29th)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1947 NL  384 (1st)
1948 NL  375 (1st)
1949 NL  300 (4th)
1950 NL  275 (3rd)
1951 NL  195 (5th)
1952 NL  243 (3rd)
1953 NL  268 (3rd)
1954 NL  294 (2nd)
Career  2,605 (26th)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1947 NL  8 (5th)
1948 NL  5 (4th)
1949 NL  12 (3rd)
1950 NL  11 (3rd)
1952 NL  8 (4th)
1953 NL  11 (3rd)
1954 NL  7 (2nd)
Career  71 (56th)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1946 NL  4 (5th)
1947 NL  7 (3rd)
1948 NL  10 (2nd)
1949 NL  7 (4th)
1950 NL  11 (1st)
1951 NL  7 (2nd)
1952 NL  8 (2nd)
1953 NL  8 (2nd)
1954 NL  9 (1st)
Career  73 (25th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1948 NL  1 (2nd)
1949 NL  4 (1st)
1950 NL  3 (1st)
1953 NL  3 (2nd)
1954 NL  1 (2nd)
Career  13 (58th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1946 NL  75 (5th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1946 NL  211 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
1946 NL  7 (2nd)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
1946 NL  140 (5th)
1947 NL  152 (2nd)
1948 NL  154 (2nd)
1949 NL  152 (5th)
1950 NL  150 (3rd)
1952 NL  149 (4th)
1953 NL  157 (1st)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1946 NL  339 (2nd)
1947 NL  390 (1st)
1948 NL  382 (2nd)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1950 NL  13 (5th)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1946 NL  11 (1st)
1948 NL  10 (3rd)
1950 NL  11 (2nd)
1952 NL  8 (5th)
1953 NL  8 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1949 NL  3 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as LF (s.1954)s c a p y
1950 NL  1.94 (4th)
1952 NL  1.74 (5th)
1954 NL  2.13 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1947 NL  2.58 (1st)
1948 NL  2.47 (1st)
1950 NL  1.91 (4th)
1951 NL  2.14 (5th)
1952 NL  1.68 (5th)
1954 NL  2.05 (3rd)
Career  2.05 (61st)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1947 NL  .982 (2nd)
1948 NL  .974 (1st)
1949 NL  .978 (3rd)
1950 NL  .963 (5th)
1952 NL  .969 (4th)
1953 NL  .972 (5th)
1954 NL  .971 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1947 NL  2.62 (5th)

                                         

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