Sunday, February 27, 2011
RIP Duke Snider
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980 as a Dodger, the aptly nicknamed Duke Snider was an eight-time All-Star and also finished with MVP votes in eight different major league seasons.
He came up with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and moved with the team out to Los Angeles in 1958, spending five years out west before moving on to the Mets in 1963. He retired in 1965 after playing out his final season with the San Francisco Giants.
Snider went on to broadcast games for the Montreal Expos from 1973-1986 and made for a memorable pairing with Dave Van Horne.
In everything he did, Duke was well-liked.
He tallied 2,116 hits, 407 home runs and 1,333 RBI against a .295/.380/.540 career slash line. His number 4 will never be worn by another Dodger — it was retired along with his Hall of Fame induction.
SNIDER, Duke (Edwin Donald Snider)
Born: 9/19/1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/27/2011, Escondido, California, U.S.A.
Duke Snider's western - actor:
The Rifleman (TV) - 1959 (Phil Wallace)