Duke Snider (1926
- ) was the center fielder
for the great Brooklyn Dodgers
team that went to six World Series
in ten years (1947-1956). With Snider on the Dodgers, Willie Mays
on the Giants
, and Mickey Mantle
on the Yankees
during the 1950s
, New York City
had the three best players in baseball
playing center field for the game's three best teams.
Snider was a run-producing machine, finishing in the top ten in runs, RBI, home runs, and walks every year from 1950 to 1957. From 1953 to 1957, Snider hit 40 or more homers for five straight seasons. His 43 bombs in 1956 led the league, and set an all-time Dodgers record that stood until Shawn Green hit 49 in 2001.
Snider was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.
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