Ralph Kiner was a pilot before a Pirate

Originally Published: November 9, 2009
By Ralph Kiner (as told to Toby Mergler) | Special to Page 2

Editor's Note: Every day this week, in honor of Veterans Day, Page 2 will feature a story by or about a prominent athlete who also served in the United States armed forces.

Ralph Kiner was one of the great power hitters of his time, leading the National League in home runs in each of his first seven seasons. He was also one of the many brave men of his generation who put his career on hold to serve his country during World War II. Even though he missed several seasons because of the ...

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