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Mar 5, 2018 5:07 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Former New York Met Great Ed Kranepool, An Avid East End Boater, Is In Need Of Kidney Transplant

Ed Kranepool is an avid boater on the East End and can be found at multiple docks on his 65-foot
Mar 5, 2018 5:07 PM

For the past dozen years or so, Ed Kranepool, first baseman for the famed “Miracle Mets” who won the 1969 World Series, has been enjoying the waters out on the East End.

On his 65-foot trawler “Meemas On Deck,” Kranepool, 73, and his wife, Monica, who are full-time Nassau County residents, can be found docked at various ports during the summer along East End shores, usually with a combination of their three children and seven grandchildren. It’s something the Kranepools thoroughly look forward to each year.

“If it were up to my wife she’d want us to stay there. She’s a big fan of the Hamptons,” Mr. Kranepool said. “It’s too short a season and, at our age, summers fly now.”

Kranepool would like to continue to enjoy his time out on the East End too, but to do so, he will need a kidney transplant. About 15 months ago, Kranepool said he got a cut on his left foot that became infected. It eventually led to three separate surgeries, the last of which led to all of the toes on his left foot being amputated. The strain the infection and following surgeries put on his body, along with complications from diabetes, eventually led to failure in one of his kidneys.

After multiple surgeries and continued work with his doctors, Kranepool was recently given a relatively clean bill of health and is over the effects of the initial infection. That allows him to receive a kidney transplant—patients can only be put on a donor list after clearing certain health protocols, to make sure there are no issues with the donated organs. Kranepool is being treated by Stony Brook University Hospital and is hoping someone can come through for him.

Kranepool is one of several former Mets currently battling health issues. Rusty Staub, 73, has suffered kidney failure and is not responding to dialysis, according to multiple reports. And Kranepool’s teammate on the 1969 championship team, Bud Harrelson, also 73, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

A native New Yorker, Kranepool graduated from James Madison High School in The Bronx and played all 18 seasons with the Mets. He made six plate appearances in three games at just 17 years old in 1962, the Mets’ inaugural season, and finished his career in 1979. In addition to helping the Mets win an improbable World Series in 1969, Kranepool was named a National League All-Star in 1965. He still holds the Mets’ all-time record for games played (1,853), and is top five in a number of other categories, such as second in plate appearances (5,997), third in hits (1,418), fourth in doubles (225) and fifth in RBIs (614).

Kranepool has met with multiple outlets to spread the word of his need for a kidney, and even went on the Boomer & Gio Morning Show with Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti on February 28. In the meantime, while he awaits a compatible donor, Kranepool plans to enjoy the coming summer on the East End once again.

“We’ve seen it develop over the years—it’s gotten pretty crowded—but we love to go to the beach and we’ve developed a lot of friendships,” he said of his love for the area. “It’s a home away from home. We have our beach pass ready to go and are looking forward to a good summer.”

Anyone interested in helping out, or to see if they're a compatible donor, can contact Stony Brook's Kidney Transportation Services main office directly at (631) 444-2209.

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