Mets Legend Ed Kranepool Needs New York Fans To Step Up
Ed Kranepool was the first New York Met in the 60’s who was suppose to be a superstar. He played many years with the Mets, but even though he didn’t become a superstar, he was still one of the best Mets players to put on the orange and blue uniform. Kranepool, who had a sweet swing and was a pretty good fielding first baseman, was instrumental in the 1969 World Series miracle run where the team overcame so many obstacles to win the series.
I received a call from my son David Conde, the Co-Founder of this site, and he left me feeling sad about Kranepool’s medical issues. The thought of Kranepool brought me back to the days when I followed he and the Mets when they were not very good but gradually becoming a team that was fun to watch.
I myself played on the same field Kranepool played at, during my time at Monroe H.S. in the Bronx and I would stand on the mound and look over my shoulder and see the area where Kranepool had launched many a home run over the right field fence. He was a star in high school and even though he didn’t meet up to expectations when he reached the pros he was still a wonderful player whom I enjoyed watching play.
Today Kranepool needs our help. He needs a kidney transplant and the operation is going to cost a lot of money. Kranepool is trying to sell some of his prized baseball awards that he collected throughout his career. You have to remember during his years in baseball the salaries were very low and he was not making millions of dollars like the current players are making.
Hopefully the baseball union can assist as well as the many Met fans that remember Kranepool. If not by financial support maybe by their prayers. Someone out there might be a match for him, so let’s get the word out there and with our support, Kranepool will know how much New York fans still remember and love him.