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Overview (5)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Escondido, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameEdwin Donald Snider
Nicknames The Silver Fox
The Duke of Flatbush
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Duke Snider was born on September 19, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Edwin Donald Snider. He was an actor, known for The Rifleman (1958), The Trouble with Girls (1969) and Pastime (1990). He was married to Beverly Null. He died on February 27, 2011 in Escondido, California.

Spouse (1)

Beverly Null (25 October 1947 - 27 February 2011) (his death) (4 children)

Trivia (15)

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1980. Played for the National League's Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1947-1962), New York Mets (1963) and San Francisco Giants (1964).
Was sold to the New York Mets just before the start of the 1963 season, where he was a huge sentimental favorite.
Wore number 11 initially when he joined the Mets, then switched back to his familiar number 4 when Charley Neal, who refused to give it up, was traded to Cincinnati.
Was sold to the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day of the 1964 season, where he wore number 28.
His favorite athlete as a kid was Jackie Robinson, who played for UCLA in Snider's hometown.
Holds the National League record for most home runs (11) and most RBIs (26) in World Series play. He is also the only player to have four homers in two World Series (1952 and 1955).
Team captain of the Dodgers in 1962.
The Sporting News Major League Player of the Year (1955).
He was sentenced to two years probation and fined $5,000 in 1995 for failing to pay taxes on money earned signing autographs at card shows.
Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers All-Time Homerun Leader (389).
Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers All-Time RBI Leader (1,271).
Made his major debut on on April 17, 1947.
Hit the last home run at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn on September 22, 1957.
Uniform number 4 retired by the Dodgers.
Upon his death, his remains were interred at Masonic Cemetery in Fallbrook, San Diego County, California.

Personal Quotes (7)

"The Mets are wonderful but you can't take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn." (on Duke Snider Night at the Polo Grounds in 1963)
Today's baseball players are walking conglomerates. They have fantastic salaries, multiple investments, but we had one thing they don't have today: the train ride. We didn't always like it, but those rides kept us close as a team and as friends. Something you can't get on a two hour plane ride that used to take you fifteen hours on a train.
The sport to which I owe so much has undergone profound changes, but it's still baseball. Kids still imitate their heroes on playgrounds. Fans still ruin expensive suits going after foul balls that cost five dollars. Hitting streaks still make the network news and hot dogs still taste better at the ballpark than at home.
Man, if I made one million dollars I would come in at six in the morning, sweep the stands, wash the uniforms, clean out the office, manage the team and play the games.
On Jackie Robinson: "He knew he had to do well. He knew that the future of blacks in baseball depended on it. The pressure was enormous, overwhelming, and unbearable at times. I don't know how he held up. I know I never could have."
We wept, Brooklyn was a lovely place to hit. If you got a ball in the air, you had a chance to get it out. When they tore down Ebbets Field, they tore down a little piece of me.
The field was even greener than my boy's mind had pictured it. In later years, friends of ours visited Ireland and said the grass there was plenty green all right, but that not even the Emerald Isle itself was as green as the grass that grew in Ebbets Field.

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