PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pirates have announced they will honor a Hall of Famer who passed away earlier this year.

According to the Pirates, the team will wear a No. 4 commemorative patch in honor of Ralph Kiner.

“In February Major League Baseball truly lost one of the cherished ambassadors of our game and a treasured member of the Pirates family,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. “We are humbled to honor one of the game’s greatest power hitters by wearing Ralph’s number on our sleeve during the 2014 campaign.”

Kiner was a six-time All-Star and played with the Pirates from 1946-53. During his 10-year career, Kiner hit 369 home runs.

In 1975, Kiner was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 1987, Kiner’s No. 4 was retired by the club. Only nine players in Pirates history have had their number retired.

Kiner passed away on Feb. 6, 2014, at the age of 91.


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