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Remembering Ralph Kiner

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
February 6, 2014 1:32:55 PM PST
He had a great career on the field - and a good one off as well. Tonight we're remembering Ralph Kiner, the long-time Mets broadcaster, who died today at 91.

Actually "long-time" broadcaster is a bit misleading - he started when the Mets started, back in 1961, and, at his death, he was still the team's voice on radio. For Mets fans, the connection between the voice on the radio and the team is a personal and intimate one, and that's why so many New Yorkers are saddened by Kiner's death tonight. He was quite a player as well. In fact, in his 10-season career, he led or tied for the National League home run championship 7 times. That's amazing.

We'll have reaction to Kiner's death, tonight at 11. And here's a link to pictures of Kiner.

Also at 11, talk about a cold-hearted crime. Thieves have stolen more than $20,000 in donations from a church in Manhattan that was collections money for the family of 4-year-old Ariel Russo, who was killed by that unlicensed teenager who, while driving away from police, ran over and killed the little girl. Who would do this? Cops say they know. Carolina Leid has our story at 11.

And if you get tired of the slippery slopes, please know that we're on right at 11 - no need to wait till 11:30 to get your news. And guess who's on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight? Oh yeah- Matt Damon, Jimmy's best friend!

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast (no snow for a day or two!), and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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