“Flatbush Duke” passes at 84
HOF Duke Snider use to represent Flatbush, when Brooklyn was baseball. Jackie Robinson was breaking the color barrier at the same time Snider joined the team (two days and one game after the great Robinson, April 17, 1947). NY Giants (Willie Mays), NY Yankees (Mickey Mantle), and the Brooklyn Dodgers were dominate in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Snider was one of the Boys of Summer, and the Brooklyn Dodgers were tops, but did not proclaim a title until 1955 – ‘The year that was next year’. He stayed with the Dodgers when they moved to L.A. in 1958 (along the NY Giants move to San Francisco), and played five more seasons (LA native). He totaled 407 HR’s and combined a .295 batting average for his illustrious career. Snider passed Sunday, Feb 27 at the age of 84.
“As a kid, what I remember is he was one of those players you looked up to because he was such a very good player and was so graceful,’’ fellow Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan said. “And when I had a chance to meet him, you realize he is the same understated elegance off the field that marked his career on the field. He was a special part of our game.’’
(quote, stats courtesy full article msn.com, foxsports)
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