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Kiner, Wolff still going strong

RALPH KINER, BROADCASTER A member of the Mets'

RALPH KINER, BROADCASTER
A member of the Mets' original broadcasting trio, Kiner was a Hall of Fame player with the Pirates, belting 369 home runs in 10 seasons. He joined Bob Murphy and Lindsey Nelson in 1962 and is still contributing to SNY broadcasts. His recounting of stories from the Golden Age of baseball, as well as his trademark name mismatching (he once called Mookie Wilson "Hubie Wilson" and Tim McCarver "Tim MacArthur") make him one of the most beloved figures in team history. (Credit: AP File photo)

Ralph Kiner turns 90 Saturday, and if he’s up for it he will be back in SNY’s booth on a limited basis in 2013 for his 52nd season working Mets games.

By reaching 90 as a still-working sportscaster Kiner joins an exclusive club currently led by News 12 Long Island’s own Bob Wolff, who turns 92 next month.

Wolff was honored by MLB before Game 2 of the World Series for his long and meritorious service, starting as the voice of the Washington Senators in 1947, as well as for his status as a Navy veteran.

It was his job as Navy officer that landed Wolff in Washington in the first place after World War II ended. It was there, he said, that he “heard about an invention called television.’’

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