SNIDER'S bat, with remnants of his characteristic
roman-lace handle-tape, is a Louisville
Slugger (model C117L) with the Duke's
signature stamped on the barrel.
HOME RUN AND RBI LEADER
of the decade of the 50s, Duke Snider, used this bat in a June
1955 series with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The "Bums"
took 2 out of 3 from the Redbirds with Snider belting his 21st and
22nd round-trippers in a first game 12-1 rout of the Redbirds; and
his 23rd of the season in a 5-4 losing effort in the second game.
In the third game, a 7-4 win, Duke had two hits and doubled in two
runs to contribute to the Dodger offensive output.
DUKE SNIDER'S Major League - leading 136
RBIs and team leading 42 home runs powered the "Boys
of Summer" to
the 1955 National League pennant. Snider's four circuit-clouts,
seven RBIs and .320 average destroyed the Yankees in the World
ALL-STAR: 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1963
home run and RBI leader of the decade of the '50s
Hit 40 or more homers 5 consecutive times
IN THE FOUR YEARS (1954-1957) that
, Mantle and Snider starred simultaneously in New York in
full-time capacities, it was Snider who led the three in homers
Duke Snider was a five-tool player, finishing in the top three in stolen bases twice, leading the National League in homers, RBIs, total bases (three times), runs (three times), hits, walks, slugging, and OBP.
He led the Dodgers to six pennants in his first 11 seasons as a
regular player, supplying consistent power from the left side of
Snider began his Major League career on April 17, 1947, with the
Brooklyn Dodgers. Duke played 18 seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers
(1947-1957), Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1962), New York Mets (1963)
and San Francisco Giants (1964).
A graceful center fielder with a picture-perfect swing, Snider was
the biggest bat in the Brooklyn Dodgers' potent lineup of the 1950s.
He hit 40 or more homers five consecutive times and
led all batters in home runs (326), RBIs (1,031), runs (970) and
slugging (.569) during the decade of the 50s.
SNIDER led the league in extra-base
hits in 1954, ‘55 and ’56; home runs in 1956 and RBIs
"The Duke of Flatbush" is the
only player to hit four homers in two different World Series (1952
and 1955), and his 11 Series home runs and 26 RBIs are the most
ever by a National League player. The Sporting News named Snider
the Major League Player of the Year in 1955 and selected him for
its Major League All-star team in
1950 and 1952-1955.
Along with Willie Mays of the
Giants and Mickey Mantle of the Yankees, the Dodgers' Snider was
one of a trio of Hall of Fame centerfielders about whom fans debated
one of the most frequently asked baseball questions of the 1950s:
"Who's the best centerfielder in New York?"
Stan Musial called Snider,
Carl Furillo, and Andy
Pafko "the best-throwing outfield I ever saw," and
named Snider, Mays, and Hank
Aaron his all-time National League outfield. In the four years
(1954-1957) that Mays, Mantle, and Snider starred simultaneously
in New York in full-time capacities, it was Snider who led the three
in homers and RBIs.
His power stroke was well suited to the bandbox
structure of Ebbets Field, and the drives he hit that didn't leave
the ballpark regularly pounded the stadium's high right-field wall
for extra bases. From 1947 to 1961, Snider teamed with Gil
Hodges to hit 745 homers, the third-highest total for a duo in
National League history, and the fourth-highest total in the majors.
It's no mystery why the Dodgers were so dominant in the 50s: Snider
and Hodges combined for 636
homers and 2,032 RBIs resulting in five pennants and two World Series
DUKE SNIDER finished in
the top ten in MVP voting six
The "Duke" led the league in extra-base hits in 1954, '55
and '56; home runs in 1956 and RBIs in 1955. His career .295 lifetime
average, and 2,116 hits, 407 home runs and 1,333 RBIs justified his
induction into the
Hall of Fame in 1980.
DUKE SNIDER: Did you know...
...Snider is the only man in baseball history to twice hit four homers in a World Series. He did it in 1952 and 1955. He holds the National League record for most Series homers (11), and RBI (26).
...Snider finished in the top ten in MVP voting six times; The Sporting
News named Snider the Major League Player of the Year in 1955 and selected him for its all-star team in 1950 and 1952-1955.
...Snider and Gil Hodges,
from 1947 to 1961, a span of 15 seasons, combined for 745 home runs
the fourth highest mark in baseball history by teammates.
...Snider was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers before the 1944 season as an amateur free agent.
...Snider was purchased by the New York Mets in April 1963 from the Los Angeles Dodgers. ...Snider was purchased by the San Francisco Giants in April 1964 from the New York Mets. ...Snider was released by the San Francisco Giants in Oct. 1964.
...Snider hit two home runs off Philadelphia ace Robin Roberts on September 22, 1957 the last homers ever hit in Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. He then followed the Dodgers to L.A. where he collected the first hit in Dodger Stadium history.
...Snider dominated offensive
statistics in the decade of the 50s.
...Snider was a fan favorite in Brooklyn and the pick of many New
Yorkers as the best centerfielder in the Big Apple during the 1950s.
...Snider was born September 19, 1926 in Los Angeles, California.
A GRACEFUL CENTER FIELDER, Stan
Musial called Snider, Carl
Furillo, and Andy Pafko
"the best-throwing outfield I ever saw," and named Snider,
Mays, and Hank
Aaron his all-time National League outfield.
THE BOYS OF SUMMER:
Snider, far left, compares lumber with teammates, from left, Gil
Hodges, Jackie Robinson Pee
Wee Reese and Roy Campanella.
SNIDER SHOWS THE FORM on this Sports Illustrated cover of June 27, 1955 that earned
him a place in Cooperstown.
THE DUKE led the league in extra-base hits in
1954, ‘55 and ’56; home runs in 1956 and RBIs in 1955.
His career .295 lifetime average, and 2,116 hits, 407 home runs
and 1,333 RBIs justified his induction into the
Hall of Fame in 1980.