Kiner's Korner

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Kiner's Korner was a post game interview show following New York Mets home games hosted by Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner. It debuted on April 30, 1963, with guests Buddy Hackett and Phil Foster.[1] The show usually consisted of an interview with the star of the game from the winning team, along with game highlights and scores of other games from that day. Sometimes two players were featured.[2] As years went by and Kiner's workload decreased, the show was on less frequently, usually following home games on free television. Kiner developed a reputation for occasionally incorrectly stating the names of players being interviewed or in highlights.[3]

The show's theme music was Flag of Victory Polka, written by Alvino Rey under the name Ira Ironstrings.[4][5] The show's name came from theclose-in left field seats in Forbes Field where Kiner deposited many home runs during his Hall of Fame career as a Pirate slugger. They were originally known as "Greenberg's Gardens" for Kiner's precursor and mentor Hank Greenberg, but earned their new name after Greenberg's retirement and Kiner's meteoric rise to stardom. It measured 340 feet to left field. The temporary fence was removed in the 1950's to restore it to the original 365 feet.

In 2010, SNY.TV, (website of SportsNet New York, the Mets' cable network), announced the replaying of nine classic episodes of Kiner's Korner on the web, in a series entitled "Kiner's Korner Revisited". While the network was in possession of several episodes, many had been lost or taped over.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucas, Ed (April 27, 2012) After 50 years, Ralph Kiner is still a Mets broadcasting icon, NJ.com. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Myers, Gary (February 6, 2014). "Working for Ralph Kiner on Kiner's Korner was the coolest job I ever had". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Mushnick, Phil (February 6, 2014). "Unique calls were Ralph Kiner's Korner-stone". New York Post. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Rosenman, Mark; Karpin, Howie (2016). Down on the Korner. New York, N.Y.: Carrel Books. ISBN 978-1-63144-042-7. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  5. ^ Bundy, June (November 23, 1959). "Vox Jocks". Billboard. p. 22. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  6. ^ Sandomir, Richard (August 21, 2010). "'Kiner's Korner' Returns, Dusted Off and in Digital". New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2017.

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