A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 07, 2014
“That ball is gone, goodbye” (baseball home run call)

“Going...going...gone!” was a popular home run call by New York Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen (1913-1996). New York Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner (1922-2014) used “Going, going, gone, goodbye!” or “That ball is gone, goodbye!”

‘’Going, going, gone, goodbye” has been cited in print since at least 1986.


Wikipedia: Ralph Kiner
Ralph McPherran Kiner (October 27, 1922 – February 6, 2014) was an American Major League Baseball player. An outfielder, Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Cleveland Indians from 1946 through 1955. He also served as an announcer for the New York Mets from the team’s inception until his death. Though injuries forced his retirement from active play after 10 seasons, Kiner’s tremendous slugging outpaced all of his National League contemporaries between the years 1946 and 1952. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.
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His traditional home run call—"It is gone, goodbye” or “That ball is gone, goodbye"—was a signature phrase in baseball.

New York (NY) Times
KINER’S STYLE CORNERS THE MET MARKET
By MICHAEL GOODWIN
Published: June 23, 1986
THE rain was still falling outside a nearly deserted Shea Stadium last Thursday night two hours after the Mets’ game against the Chicago Cubs had been postponed. But as Ralph Kiner approached his car, two children ran toward him, asking for autographs.
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Kiner is, well, Kiner, on and off the air: Amiable, modest, unflappable and enamored of home runs. Listeners are familiar with his excited call of ‘’Going, going, gone, goodbye.’’

Google Groups: alt.sports.baseball.ny-mets
“going going....its gone goodbye!!!!!!!!!!”
nick_...@yahoo.com
2/25/99
Does anyone know if Ralph Kiner will be returning to the Mets announce booths??? and if so how many games will he be announcing????

Google Groups: alt.sports.baseball.ny-mets
Most annoying “catch phrase” by NY announcer.
Cool2677
7/15/99
>From: (TheUpside)
>Date: Wed, 14 July 1999 07:53 PM EDT
>Message-id: <19990714195330.17509.00000223@ng35.aol.com>
>
>anything out of kiner’s mouth.
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I always like Kiner’s homerun call,"Going, Going...and it is Gone Goodbye”

Sports Illustrated
September 22, 2008
It’s Gone! Goodbye!
The last home run in the House That Ruth Built will be hit this week; then the wrecking ball will take its cuts at Yankee Stadium. The walls of this American monument do talk, and it has a few final secrets to share
TOM VERDUCCI

THe Wall Street Journal
NY SPORTS
Ralph Kiner, Voice of Mets, Was a New York Baseball Hero
Slugger Never Played a Game in a New York Uniform

By STEPHEN MILLER CONNECT
Feb. 6, 2014 8:55 p.m. ET
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He developed a signature home-run call ("That ball is gone, goodbye"), and was a reliable spouter of malapropisms, called “Kinerisms” by some.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, February 07, 2014 • Permalink