On this day: February 6

POSTED: 03:58 PM MST Feb 05, 2013    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MST Feb 06, 2015 

The Union gets its first victory of the Civil War, Ronald Reagan is born, The Righteous Brothers hit No. 1, and astronaut Alan Shepard works on his lunar golf game, all on this day.

OTD February 6 - Ralph Kiner
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2014: Hall of Fame outfielder Ralph Kiner, who played most of his 10-season major-league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, dies of natural causes at age 91 in Rancho Mirage, California. Kiner hit 369 home runs in a career shortened by injuries and his slugging outpaced all of his National League contemporaries between the years 1946 and 1952. He also served as a radio broadcaster for the New York Mets from the team's inception until his death.


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