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A few outtakes from a photo shoot with Hall of Famer Willie Mays and his dog Giant, in his suite at AT&T Park. The photos of the “Say Hey Kid” and his beloved companion are for the Winter issue of the Hall of Fame’s official magazine, Memories and Dreams, hitting mailboxes this week.

Traveling Photographer Jean Fruth /National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Text: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Facebook Page

Saint Louis Travel Guide (inspired by a st. louis hate post lol)

so people were poking fun at st. louis, i didnt take it to hert, but it gave me an opportunity to share what great stuff there is to do in st. louis!! (i just copied and pasted so sorry for typos)

we have this really cool building called the city museum which is basically a huge play house museum, consisting largely of repurposed artsy architectural and industrial objects!! (theres a bus that hangs off the side of the building)
we have the missouri history museum thats nationally recognized as one of the best history museums in the nation, and others museums have looked into how they get so much attraction

which the history museum in a small part of huge forest park, one of the biggest and oldest urban parks in the nation! it hosted the 1904 worlds, one of the few structures that still remains is also our nationally recognized art museum!! also home to the #1 zoo in america (USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards contest)

we have busch stadium, which doesnt have as much history as wrigley since its fairly new (2006)!! but!! across the street is also new ballpark village that has a cardinals hall of fame museum, its really cool and if ur a baseball fan, definitely a must see!! and HEY!! they occasionally hold family movie nights outside on the big screen, w movies like inside out and toy story!! and for the young crazy adults, they do have a club atmosphere at night!

and for u aesthetic flower nerds out there like me, we have the botanical gardens which every winter has a cool a** lightshow, sadly its not winter, but theres so much to do there too as well!!

not the arch but the riverboats down by the arch!! they take u on cruises up and down the Mississippi river with live music, good food, and cool views.

scottrade center home of the st. louis blues, one of the top teams in the league!! super great armosphere, LIT atmosphere when they play the hawks!!

and last but not least, a close one to millenium park would be the city gardern, where local modern art is displayed in the heart of downtown st. louis, a super cool place for families with small children! they have water geyers and cool waterfalls and lil mini pools for the kids!! its super neat in the summer, in the winter, like the botanical gardens, they display a light show every night!!

honourable mentions:

- science center/planetarium/omnimax theater

- the delmar loop

- washington ave

- stlfc

- the fox!!

- tower grove

- the hill

- union station

- all the locally owned businesses like arch apparel

- ted drewes

- Budweiser brewery

- lemp mansion, eat lunch in a haunted mansion

- forest park itself

- for u history nerds: old courthouse and new/old cathedral basilica

- lacledes landing

THERE YA GO!! feel free to add any more you guys think of!!!!

Hall of Fame: Ralph Kiner dies at age 91

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced left fielder Ralph Kiner died Thursday morning at his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home. He was 91. 

“With the passing of Ralph Kiner, the baseball world has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and the Hall of Fame has lost a wonderful friend,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Ralph spent eight decades as a player, executive and broadcaster. He was a man who truly loved our National Pastime and made it better in every way. His legacy will live forever in Cooperstown.”

Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946-53 and hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career. He later became a broadcaster with the New York Mets.

Photo credit: NBHOF Library

Roy Halladay’s cap and ball from his 2010 perfect game. His legacy lives on in Cooperstown. Rest in peace, Doc.

Photographer: Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Obit of the Day: The Greatest Slugger You’ve Never Heard Of

So many trivia questions, so little time:

What player has the most career home runs in their first 5 seasons? 

Who is the only player to lead his league in home runs for 7 consecutive seasons?

Who was the first  National League slugger to hit 50+ home runs in two consecutive seasons?

Who was the second person, after Babe Ruth, to hit at least 40 home runs in five consecutive seasons? 

Who was the only National Leaguer to hit at least 54 home runs between 1931 and 1997?

The answer to all of these questions is “Ralph Kiner.”

And yet, he was barely elected to the Hall of Fame, receiving 273 votes (he needed 272) in 1975 his 15th and final year of eligibility, from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Even the Pittsburgh Pirates, for whom he set all those records, didn’t retire his uniform number, 4, for another twelve years.

Part of the reason for the Hall of Fame delay was his limited time on the field. Mr. Kiner retired from baseball at age 32 after a back injury made it impossible for him to play. It was so hampering that after his first seven seasons he had hit 294 home runs, but in his last three only 75. 

And the Pirates were terrible during his time with the franchise. Between the time Mr. Kiner joined the team in 1946 and when he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1953, Pittsburgh never finished higher than fourth and usually in the bottom half of the National League standings. (Later Pirates Hall of Famers, like Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente, were part of perennial playoff contenders including two World Series crowns.)

He did receive more recognition during his career than after. He was selected to six consecutive All-Star games (1948-1953) and finished in the top ten in MVP voting for five straight seasons (1947-1951) especially impressive playing on such abysmal teams. 

Following Mr. Kiner’s retirement he found a successful second career as a broadcaster. Spending the 1961 season with the Chicago White Sox, Mr. Kiner headed to New York to join the television broadcast booth with Bob Murphy and Lindsay Nelson for the expansion New York Mets. Mr. Kiner would broadcast Mets games for 52 seasons. He was the last of the original Mets’ broadcasters.

Known for misspeaking on occasion - wishing a hearty “Happy Birthday!” on Fathers’ Day - Mr. Kiner became more closely identified with the Mets than the Pirates by the end of his career. (A friend of Obit of the Day who is lifelong Pittsburgh fan believes this is why he is overlooked by the Pirates and their fans.)

Ralph Kiner, the fourth oldest living Hall of Famer, died on February 6^, 2014 at the age of 91.

Sources: baseball-reference.com, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NY Times, and ESPN

(Image of Ralph Kiner, circa 1948-1953, is uncited - on six different websites - and courtesy of democratherald.com)

^ Coincidentally Mr. Kiner died on Babe Ruth’s birthday. Mr. Ruth was the only person to hit home runs more often than Mr. Kiner (11.76 at-bats per home run vs. 14.11) until the sluggers of the 1990s.