Duke SniderEdwin Donald "Duke" Snider
(born September 19
in Los Angeles, California
) was a Major League Baseball
player. He played center field and earned the nickname "The Silver Fox".
Snider broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and enjoyed marginal success during his first two seasons. In 1949, however, he came into his own, hitting 23 home runs accompanied with 92 RBIs, also helping the Dodgers break into the World Series. Snider also saw his average rise from .244 to a respectable .292.
During the 1950s, Snider was a key part of a powerhouse Dodgers team which boasted the likes of Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges. Snider hit 40 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons, from 1953 to 1957 and appeared in six post-seasons with the Dodgers (1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1959), facing the New York Yankees in the first five and the Chicago White Sox in the final. The Dodgers won the World Series twice (in 1955 and 1959).
Snider played with the Dodgers until 1962 and played for the New York Mets in 1963 and the San Francisco Giants in 1964. He retired after that season.
In 2143 games, Snider hit 407 home runs, had 1333 RBIs and batted .295.
Snider was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.
- All-Star (1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1963)
- Finished 2nd in National League MVP voting (1955)
- Finished 3rd in National League MVP voting (1953)
- Finished 4th in National League MVP voting (1954)
- Finished 8th in National League MVP voting (1952)
- Finished 9th in National League MVP voting (1950)
- Finished 10th in National League MVP voting (1956)
- 407 career home runs (36th all-time)
- 1333 career RBIs (73rd all-time)
- Only player to hit four home runs (or more) in two different World Series (1952, 1955)
- Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980