Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner's Personally Owned Pirates Life-Sized Portrait

Ralph Kiner Pirates Life-Sized Portrait


Unframed oil on canvas depicting National Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner (1922-2014) painted by artist Steve Didik. Kiner is depicted in this full-length, life-sized portrait wearing his Pirates uniform, with a baseball bat propped on his shoulder. Signed by the artist as "Steve Didik" in the lower right corner. In good to very good condition, currently rolled. With moderate to heavy craquelure, isolated paint loss and flaking. A closed tear to canvas at top. The canvas measures approximately 28" x 73" unrolled. Provenance: Acquired directly from the Kiner Family.


Ralph Kiner first played Major League Baseball as a left fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1946-1953). During Kiner's sensational career as an outfielder and hitter, he was elected to the Pirates All Stars for 5 consecutive years, from 1948-1952. The Pittsburgh Pirates retired Kiner's number 4 in 1987.


Afterwards, Kiner played for the Chicago Cubs (1953-1954) and the Cleveland Indians (1955) during the remainder of his 9-year-long professional career. Overall, he was a 7x home run leader, with a lifetime batting average of .279. Kiner retired at age 32 after a serious back injury. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.


Kiner later returned to the sport as an Emmy award winning sportscaster. He hosted his own segment called "Kiner's Korner" and commentated Chicago White Sox and New York Mets games for 53 seasons, making him the third-longest active baseball sportscaster of all time. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1984. Purchased from a direct family member



Item: 64717

Price: $2,000.00
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