Duke Snider Celebrity Life
Edwin Donald "Duke" Snider was an American baseball professional. He was born on September 19th, 1926 and passed away on February 27th, 2011. He was known by the name ‘The Duke of Flatbush’ and ‘The Silver Fox.’ He usually played in the center field and spent the major part of his MLB career playing with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers between 1947 and 1962. Later he featured for the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants for one season apiece.
Snider was picked to the All-Star team of the National League on eight seasons. He also became the runner up in the voting for the MVP of the National League in the year 1995. During his 18 seasons playing for the Dodgers, he guided them to 6 World Series victories.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of National Baseball in the year 1980. Snider grew avocado commercially. He and his partner had owned a 60-acre farm of avocado towards the southern region of Los Angeles.
Major leagues Playing Highlights
Snider was picked for a tryout for the Brooklyn Dodgers in spring training of 1947. He earned his very first major league cap during the 2nd game of 1947. He featured in 39 matches and was dispatched to the St. Paul team towards early July. He returned to the team towards the closing phase to play in the World Series against the New York Yankees.
He began playing for Montreal in the 1948 season. He had a great batting average of .327 that year and was selected to Brooklyn where he featured in 53 games.
Snider became a regular player of the major league as he hit 23 home runs and 92 RBI and guided them to the World Series victory that year. He raised his average batting score from .244 to .292. Snider slowly became the trigger man of the team that had boasted a stellar lineup.
In the season 1950, he struck .321 and his average dropped to .277 for 1951. He usually batted at the third position in the lineup and made more impressive performances. He registered 40 or higher home runs for 5 successive seasons from 1953 to 1957. From 1953 to 1956 he had an average of 124 RBI, a batting average of .320, 42 home runs, and 123 runs. He was the highest scorer in the National League in home runs, runs scored, and RBIs during different seasons.
He played in 6 post-season campaign for the Dodgers and faced the New York Yankees for the initial five times. The Dodgers completed World Series victory in 1955 and 1959.
When the team shifted to Los Angeles after 1958, his performances declined. He picked up an injury and hit just 15 home runs during 1958. Duke came back with a solid performance in 1959 with .308 batting average and 23 home runs. He had 88 RBIs and 370 at-bats as he played at the center and right part of the fields.
Dodgers were the top of the league for the majority of the season in 1962. Later the team was tied with the Giants towards the end of the season. Giants would eventually rally to succeed in the pennant. Snider was traded to the New York Mets after that.
Snider wore the number11 at the beginning and got back is favorite number 4 after the first half of that season. He became a crowd favorite with the former Dodger fans. He hit the 400th home run of his career in June and was also picked for the All-Star match in Cleveland.
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