Kiner's successes was partially contributed to fellow Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, During Greenberg's only season as a Pirate and final one overall in the majors, he gave Kiner instruction in becoming a better hitter. Kiner's home run and strikeout numbers improved subsequently after Greenberg's tutoring. Kiner was also aided by a short left fence in old Forbes Field that became known as "Kiner's Korner".
Kiner is also famously known to author the quote, "Home run hitters drive Cadillacs, while singles hitters drive Fords."
He finished his career after short stays with the Indians and Cubs before embarking on a second career in baseball. He was hired to become an announcer for the expansion New York Mets team in 1962. He stayed in the Met broadcast booth through the 2013 season with his later years in a more limited capacity.
Ralph Kiner was a true baseball legend and lifer and will be missed.