Duke Snider, passed away Sunday morning of natural causes, he was 84. Snider played 18 seasons in major league baseball, hit 407 career home runs posted a lifetime average of .295 while driving in 1333 runs. Duke “The Silver Fox” Snider, aka “The Duke”, played in 6 world series, winning 2, one with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955 (This was Brooklyn’s only World Series Title; they beat the Yankees in 7 games after losing to the Yankees in the Fall Classic in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953), the other with the LA Dodgers in 1959 (The Dodgers moved from Brooklyn after the 1957 season). Snider was probably the 3rd most popular slugger among New York teams during his time in Brooklyn, with Mickey Mantle (NYY) and Willie Mays (NYG) getting most of the attention. Snider, too, probably not given all the credit in the world for playing in the bandbox which was, Ebbets Field. The home that housed the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 to 1957 (Ebbets Field was demolished in 1960) was regarded as being very favorable to left-handed hitters. The dimensions in left field, during the time Snider played was just 297 down the left-field line and peaked at 344 to right-center by the scoreboard.
Snider, among old Brooklyn Dodger fans at the very least, will always be remembered as the player that helped bring “dem bums”, their first and only World Series Title in 1955 over their rival, the New York Yankees.
Duke Snider, a player that may have once played in the shadows of Mantle and Mays, held his own, and found his way to the top of the baseball world, not once but twice. Among old Brooklyn Dodger fans, and baseball fans alike, may “The Duke” be remembered for helping take, “dem bums” to “The Champs”.
NOTE: Snider in the 1955 World Series – .320, 8 hits, 4 HR’s, 7 RBI