4 Ralph Kiner Photos – One Marking His 200th Home Run, and Another, His 300th.
Lot 395. 4 Ralph Kiner Photos – One Marking His 200th Home Run, and Another, His 300th. Two vintage photos each show Kiner with his manager at the time. In a 1950 b&w 7.5” x 8” photo, Kiner receives a handshake from Pittsburgh Pirates manager Bill Meyer after slugging his 200th home run. Dated Aug. 14, 1950, the photo, from the files of “The Cleveland News,” shows editing for publication, especially behind Meyer. It has some light creases and lacks a right border. Fred Haney was the Pirates’ manager when Kiner delivered his 300th home run in 1953. In a May 26 Associated Press Wirephoto, Haney hands Kiner the home run ball. The 8” x 10” photo, including 1.75” for the caption, has the AP stamp on the back, a 0.5” border tear at the top and light creases. In 1952, Kiner became the first player to lead the National League in home runs for seven consecutive seasons. He collected 100, 200 and 300 home runs faster than any other player, including Babe Ruth. His records have since been broken. A May 7, 1949 Acme Telephoto, 7.5” x 8” including the caption, shows Kiner successfully sliding into home at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. The Phils’ Andy Seminick is also in the photo. Although the Newspaper Enterprise Association stamp on the back is accompanied by a date of May 20, 1949, this photo may have been printed in 1963 or later. The photo has one light, relatively small crease. Kiner is also the subject of an 8” x 10” batting-pose portrait with Forbes Field in the background. The photo is a 1970-80 restrike from a June 4, 1949 UPI negative. Very nice photo. Kiner was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. Winning Bid $40.