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Mets owner Fred Wilpon remembered Kiner as “one of the most beloved people in Mets history - an original Met and extraordinary gentleman.”

“His knowledge of the game, wit, and charm entertained generations of Mets fans. Like his stories, he was one of a kind,” he said. “Our sport and society today lost one of the all-time greats.”

The Mets named the home TV booth at Shea Stadium in his honor. The Pirates retired Kiner’s No. 4.

“All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates have heavy hearts upon learning of Ralph Kiner’s passing,” the team said in a statement.

Ralph McPherran Kiner was born on Oct. 27, 1922.

He was first married to tennis star Nancy Chaffee. Following their divorce he married Barbara George, and following another divorce he married DiAnn Shugart, who died in 2004.