The baseball Hall of Fame says slugger Ralph Kiner has died. He was 91.
The Hall says Kiner died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage.
KESQ & CBS Local 2 spoke with Kiner's son Scott. He said his father passed away at 10 a.m. from congestive heart failure.
Kiner hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won or tied for the National League lead in homers in each of his first seven seasons.
After finishing up as a player, Kiner became a popular broadcaster with the New York Mets for more than a half-century. He worked a handful of games last year.
Aside from being a baseball great, Kiner was also well-known for his way with words. Here are some of his notable quotes compiled by CBS Sports:
- "You know what they say about Chicago. If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes."
- "All of his saves have come in relief appearances."
- "All of the Mets road wins against the Dodgers this year occurred at Dodgers Stadium."
- "Cadillacs are down at the end of the bat."
- "Darryl Strawberry has been voted to the Hall of Fame five years in a row."
- "If Casey Stengel were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave."
- "I think one of the most difficult things for anyone who's played baseball is to accept the fact that maybe the players today are playing just as well as ever."