Mets legend Kranepool in need of kidney transplant

WTOP | Jonathan Warner

First baseman Ed Kranepool of the New York Mets takes some practice swings before the Mets' game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Calif., April 25, 1965. (AP Photo/Robert H. Houston)

WASHINGTON — New York’s two baseball teams have each had a famous No. 7.

The Yankees’ Mickey Mantle and Ed Kranepool of the Mets both played their entire careers in the Big Apple. Mickey was the most powerful switch-hitter in baseball history — a Hall of Famer — while Steady Eddie still holds the record for most games in a Mets uniform. He’s been inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. And while Mantle is long gone, Kranepool is now in the fight of his life.

At the age of 73, Kranepool needs a kidney transplant. It’s the result of diabetes.

“I’ve been a diabetic for almost forty years,” he told WTOP. “It just wreaks havoc on your whole system.”

Diabetes can lead to infections, and more than a year ago, it cost Kranepool all the toes on his left foot.
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