Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame former center fielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers, died today. He was 84.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980 after an 18-year major- league career during which he hit 407 home runs, Snider died from natural causes at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, California, the Hall of Fame said in a statement announcing his passing on its website.
Eight-time All-Star Snider made his debut for the Dodgers in 1947 and hit 20 home runs in nine straight seasons. He played 11 seasons in Brooklyn and also five seasons in Los Angeles following the team’s move there in 1958. He spent a season each at the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.
“There was no one classier or more easy going than Duke Snider,” Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said in the statement. “He was a fan favorite for his style of play, personality, accessibility and fondness for playing stickball with kids in the street of Brooklyn.”
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