Edwin Donald Snider debuted for Brooklyn as a 20 year old in 1947, and before very long “The Duke of Flatbush” became one of the most feared power hitters in the National League. He played 18 seasons with the Dodgers (1947-62), New York Mets (1963) and San Francisco Giants (1964). During his time playing centerfield with Brooklyn, the left-handed slugger hit 40 homeruns 5 consecutive years (1953-57) and topped the .300 mark 7 times. He was an important member of the famed Brooklyn “Bums”, and later, Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them win 6 N.L. pennants and World Championships in 1955 and 1959. He excelled in World Series play, hitting 11 homeruns (still an NL record), with 26 RBIs and hitting .286. He is the only player to have hit 4 homeruns in two different World Series (1952 & ’55). His career numbers include 407 homeruns, 1333 RBIs, 2116 hits and a .295 avg. He was an 8 time National League All-Star. He is still the career leader for the Dodgers’ franchise with 389 HRs and RBIs with 1271. After his playing career he was immortalized in song by Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball”, celebrating New York’s three legendary centerfielders during the 1950s, “Willie, Mickey & The Duke”.
In 1980 he was elected to Cooperstown and his #4 was retired by the Dodgers.
April 23, 2015