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Duke Snider
Duke Snider, right, celebrates his birthday in September 2010 at Café des Artistes with Michael Calvanese, center, and Ron LaRocca, a friend of Michael's who shared the same birthday as Duke.
Duke Snider, right, celebrates his birthday in September 2010 at Café des Artistes with Michael Calvanese, center, and Ron LaRocca, a friend of Michae...

Hall of Famer "Duke" Snider passes at age 84


Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Issue 08, Volume 15.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent


Baseball Hall of Fame member Duke Snider, who lived in Fallbrook for more than 50 years, passed away Feb. 27 at the Valle Vista convalescent home in Escondido. He was 84.

"Sad day for Fallbrook," said Bob Lucy, who headed the Duke Snider-Upper Deck Home Run Derby which took place at Fallbrook High School's baseball field from 2001 through 2006. "Just a really good man and a good friend of Fallbrook baseball."

Snider spent 18 years in the major leagues but was also involved with local sports in Fallbrook. "He was just active with all the high school athletic teams," said former Fallbrook High School baseball coach Bill Waite, who coached Snider's younger son.

"I was saddened by the news of Duke's passing," said Jerry Gross, who announced San Diego Padres games with Snider from 1969 to 1971. "It's a loss for baseball. It's a loss for me as an individual."

Edward Donald Snider, who was an only child, was born in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 1926, and attended Compton High School. Snider, who batted left-handed and threw right-handed, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and began his professional career in 1944.

Snider spent most of 1944 with the Newport News Dodgers of the Class B Piedmont League, batting .294 in 131 games. His 34 doubles and nine home runs led the Piedmont League, as did his 25 outfield assists. He also had two pinch-hitting appearances for the Dodgers' Montreal Royals farm club in the International League in 1944.

After missing the 1945 season due to his service in the Navy, Snider played in 68 games for the Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League in 1946. He started the 1947 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, making his major league debut on April 17 of that year, and split time between Brooklyn and the Dodgers' St. Paul Saints farm club in the American Association.

Although Snider did not play in the 1947 World Series, he married his wife, Bev, in October 1947.

Snider split 1948 between Brooklyn and Montreal. He hit 17 home runs in 77 games for the Royals while hitting his first five major league homers during his 53 games with Brooklyn. Snider's Montreal teammates included Cliff Dapper, who would befriend Snider and eventually purchase avocado grove property in Fallbrook along with Snider.

Snider next returned to the minors in 1965 as a non-playing manager. In his 146 games with the Dodgers in 1949 he belted 23 home runs and batted .292, although in his 552 at-bats he struck out 92 times to lead the National League. Snider scored 100 runs while driving in 92. Snider also played in the 1949 World Series, batting .143 in five games.

Snider reduced his strikeouts in 1950 to 79 whiffs in 620 at-bats and had a .321 average. His 199 hits led the National League and included 31 doubles, 10 triples, and 31 home runs, and his 343 total bases also led all National League hitters. Snider scored 109 times in 1950 while driving in 107 runs and stealing 16 bases.

In 1951, Snider batted .277 with 29 home runs, and in 1952 he hit .303 while homering 21 times. The Dodgers returned to the World Series in 1952, and Snider matched what was then the World Series record by homering four times. Snider's ten World Series hits in 1952 also included two doubles, and he drove in eight runs while batting .345 in the seven games.

In 1953, Snider led the National League with 132 runs scored, 370 total bases, and a .627 slugging percentage. He batted .336 for the season, and his 198 hits included 38 doubles, four triples, and 42 home runs. He drove in 126 runs and matched his career high of 16 stolen bases. In the 1953 World Series his eight hits included three doubles and a homer; he drove in five runs in six games and batted .320 against the New York Yankees.

In 1954, Snider led the National League with 378 total bases and also led the league by striking out 96 times while sharing the National League lead with 120 runs scored. He had a career-high .341 batting average and 199 hits which included 39 doubles, 10 triples, and 40 home runs. Snider drove in 130 runs during the 1954 season.

Snider once again improved upon his propensity to strike out, and in 1955 he had more walks than strikeouts for the first time in his career with 104 walks and 87 strikeouts. He batted .309 with 166 hits which included 34 doubles, six triples, and 42 home runs, and he led the National League with 126 runs scored and 136 runs batted in. The Sporting News named Snider as the major league player of the year for 1955.

The Dodgers' only World Series win before leaving Brooklyn was in 1955, and Snider homered four times against the Yankees while driving in seven runs and bating .320 in seven games.

"He was the hero of Brooklyn," said Cafe Des Artistes owner Mike Calvanese, who grew up in Brooklyn and became friends with the Snider family after they began frequenting his restaurant. "Early in my life he gave me great thrills as a sports hero."

In 1956, Snider led the National League with 43 home runs, and he also led the league by drawing 99 walks. His .399 on-base percentage and .598 slugging average also led all National League hitters. He struck out 101 times while batting .292 and scored 112 runs while driving in 101. He had a .304 batting average in the 1956 World Series despite being a victim of Don Larsen's perfect game, and one of his seven hits was a home run.

Dapper had a three-acre avocado grove in La Habra Heights which caused Snider to become interested in raising avocados. Dapper acted on advice to look into Fallbrook and learned about a 60-acre plot in the Sleeping Indian area. Duke and Beverly Snider purchased 30 acres and Cliff and Stanna Dapper bought 30 acres.

Dapper developed both groves. Snider sold his Sleeping Indian property in the mid-1960s while Dapper, who passed away Feb. 8, remained on his grove until moving to a skilled nursing facility after his wife's death in October 2008.

In the Dodgers' final season in Brooklyn, Snider batted .274 with 40 home runs. He led the league by striking out 104 times while drawing 77 walks.

The Dodgers moved to the Los Angeles Coliseum for the 1958 season, and that ballpark's dimensions favored right-handed hitters. Snider also hurt his elbow that year after attempting to throw a ball out of the Coliseum. In 106 games during 1958 Snider batted .312 but only hit 15 home runs.

Snider hit 23 home runs during 126 games with the Dodgers in 1959 and batted .308. In his final World Series he played four of the six games against the Chicago White Sox and homered once. Snider's cumulative World Series statistics covering 36 games and six Octobers included 11 home runs, 26 runs batted in, and a .286 batting average.

Snider homered 14 times in 101 games during the 1960 season while batting .243. In 1961 a Bob Gibson pitch hit and broke Snider's elbow, and his 85 games produced 16 homers and a .296 batting average.

Dodger Stadium opened in 1962 and Snider played 80 home and road games that year. He batted .278 while hitting five home runs.

Snider also opened a bowling alley in Fallbrook in the early 1960s. Duke Snider Lanes operated until the mid-1960s.

On April 1, 1963, Snider was sold to the New York Mets, who played in Polo Grounds that year. Snider's return to New York saw him play in 129 games during the season. He batted .243 and hit 14 home runs.

The Giants obtained Snider on April 14, 1964, and he spent his final major league season in a San Francisco uniform. He batted .210 in 91 games and hit his final four home runs. Snider, who also served as the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce president in 1964, played his final game on Oct. 3 of that year and was released by the Giants three days later.

"He was a humble guy," said Bob Leonard, who was the executive director of the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 2009. "It's a terrible loss to our community to have both he and Mr. Dapper go so closely together."

Snider played a total of 2,143 major league regular-season games. His final statistics included 407 home runs, 2,116 hits, 358 doubles, 1,259 runs scored, 1,333 runs batted in, 99 stolen bases, 971 walks, 1,237 strikeouts, 7,161 at-bats, 3,865 total bases, a .295 batting average, a .380 on-base percentage, and a .540 slugging average. In the field Snider had 4,099 putouts and 123 assists.

"He was extremely graceful in the outfield," Calvanese said. "He was a fantastic hitter, but he was also an excellent fielder, one of the better ones."

Snider's career also included seven All-Star Game appearances, and he was selected a total of eight times.

Snider returned to the Dodgers organization as a scout in 1965, and during the season he became the manager of the Dodgers' Spokane team in the Pacific Coast League. He managed the Tri-City Atoms to the 1966 Northwest League championship with a 57-27 record and the 1967 Albuquerque Dodgers to a 78-62 record and the Texas League pennant.

Snider was also a Dodgers' scout in 1968, and when the Padres joined the majors for 1969 he became a Padres scout. Snider was also part of the Padres' first radio broadcasting crew along with Gross and Frank Sims.

"It was a great thrill for me and Advertisement
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a great joy," Gross said of broadcasting with Snider.

Gross initially learned of Snider while listening to Brooklyn Dodgers games on the radio. "Duke was my idol as a youngster growing up in Rhode Island," Gross said.

"Forty years later I was thrilled to become his radio partner," Gross said. "It was kind of a dream come true for me."

Snider was the KOGO analyst while Gross provided play-by-play announcing. "It was really an amazing story for me," Gross said. "I used to wear his number in Legion ball and in high school."

Snider wore uniform number 4 for the Dodgers. "Great player, great outfielder, great hitter," Gross said. "His career was a great career."

Gross was an announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1961 through 1967 before relocating to San Diego to become the announcer of the National Basketball Association's San Diego Rockets. Gross doesn't recall interviewing Snider during his pre-game or post-game shows for the Cardinals but remembers being on the field during Snider's playing days. "It was always a thrill for me to see him on the field," Gross said.

The Padres had records of 52-110, 63-99, and 61-100 during their first three seasons, and after the first year Snider wanted to broadcast from among the fans behind home plate. That occurred before the Padres' administration ordered Snider and Gross to return to the broadcast booth.

"I thought he was an exceptional analyst," Gross said. "I was never really able to utilize how good a storyteller he was."

Snider returned to managing in 1972 with the Padres' Texas League farm club in Alexandria, posting an 84-56 record and winning the Eastern Division.

After the 1971 season Bob Chandler replaced Snider while Jerry Coleman replaced Gross. Sims spent 1969 and 1970 as a Padres announcer before moving to the team's front office.

"I think he enjoyed being with the Padres," Gross said. "We had some good times and some bad times because the ballclub didn't win too much."

Snider was subsequently an announcer for the Montreal Expos, and his tenure with Montreal included spending 1974 and 1975 as the Expos' batting instructor.

Induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame requires selection by 75 percent of voting Baseball Writers of Association members (who may vote for up to ten candidates), and Snider did not receive that threshold during his first ten years of eligibility. In 1980 he received votes on 333 of the 385 ballots cast and was enshrined in Cooperstown that summer.

The Dodgers also retired Snider's uniform number in 1980.

All four of Snider's children graduated from Fallbrook High School. "Duke was another great supporter of Fallbrook baseball and all Fallbrook athletics," Waite said.

"He was very down to earth," Waite said. "I thought the world of him."

"We were lucky to have somebody like Duke Snider here," Calvanese said. "He did a lot for the area."

The Fallbrook Baseball Booster Club's primary fundraiser for the baseball program is a pre-season golf tournament. The home run derby provided some funds for Fallbrook High School's baseball program but primarily recognized Snider.

"That was one of the best ideas that I've ever heard and been a part of," said minor league player Josh Womack, who was a Crawford High School junior when he competed in the 2001 tournament. "We were so excited to give that a shot."

An organizing committee met at Del Rey Avocado to plan tournament details. "Duke would always be involved in the planning sessions," Lucy said.

"Duke was always interested in what kids were going to be there," Lucy said. "He was very, very involved in it. It was just wonderful."

Lucy's younger son, Donny, was a Fallbrook High School senior in 2001. "He was always very encouraging to Donny," Bob Lucy said.

When Bob Lucy was throwing batting practice to his son on the high school field, Snider went into the batting cage to provide tips to Donny Lucy on how to swing and step. "It was amazing to see him at his age have such a fluid, beautiful swing," Bob Lucy said.

Donny Lucy followed his high school career with three seasons on the Stanford University baseball team. As a college sophomore he struck out nine times in a series against Fullerton State. "Duke wrote him a fantastic letter about hanging tough," Bob Lucy said.

Snider reminded the younger Lucy about his own four-figure strikeout total. "He (Donny) really cherished that," Bob Lucy said.

During the 2002 home run derby, Fallbrook High School's baseball field was renamed Duke Snider Field. "It was such a special day," Lucy said.

Snider was also involved with the golf tournament and banquet fundraiser. "He was unbelievably generous with his time," Lucy said. "It was just a wonderful experience, and he was such a gentleman."

If weather permits, Fallbrook High School's baseball team will open the 2011 season Saturday at home against Temecula Valley High School. The players from both teams will all be wearing uniform number 4 as a tribute to Snider.

Duke and Bev Snider were married for 63 years. In addition to his widow, Snider is survived by his son Kevin of Hemet, his daughter Pam Chodola of Fallbrook, his son Kurt of Temecula, his daughter Dawna Amino of Campbell, and his ten grandchildren Brandon, Jessica, Hali, Markie, Jennifer, Jordan, Robert, Kaitlin, Brendon, and Brooklynn.

A memorial service for Snider will be held March 12 at the Fallbrook Presbyterian Church. The service will begin at 2 p.m.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Fallbrook Union High School baseball program in care of Fallbrook Baseball ASB.

Editorial Note:

Dodger of the 1950s, long-time Fallbrook resident and Hall of Fame recipient Edwin Donald Snider, better known as "Duke" Snider passed away this morning at the age of 84 in Escondido at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital.

While we have a wire service story posted below, we are writing a more personal special feature to be published this week in the Village News and the Valley News to honor "Duke" Snider who was a very special member of the Fallbrook community.

If you would like to have your remembrance or comments about Duke Snider considered for our story, please use the comment system below. Please use your real name and include contact phone number. This personal information will be deleted before the comment is published.

WIRE SERVICE STORY

LOS ANGELES - Dodger Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider, who led the team to two World Series championships in the 1950s, died today, the team announced. He was 84.

Snider, who was a long-time resident of Fallbrook, California, died this morning at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido.

"Duke was one of the truly legendary Dodgers who made his mark first in Brooklyn and then in his hometown, Los Angeles," said Dodger Owner and Chairman Frank McCourt.

"I had the pleasure of spending time with him on several occasions and he was a truly wonderful man," he said. "I'm so glad that we were able to keep him as an active part of the Dodger family over the past several years. The entire Dodger organization is deeply saddened by his loss and our heartfelt thoughts are with (wife) Beverly and his family."

Born Edwin Donald Snider in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 1926, Snider was among the game's most feared hitters during his 16 seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1947-1962), playing on a pair of World Championship teams (1955 and 1959) and in six World Series overall.

The seven-time All-Star center fielder ranks as the franchise's all-time leader in home runs (389) and runs batted in (1,271) and during the 1950s, he topped all Major Leaguers with 326 homers and 1,031 RBI. He slugged four home runs in both the 1952 and 1955 World Series.

Nicknamed "Duke" by his father at age 5, he was a standout in football, baseball and basketball at Compton High School before signing with the Dodgers at age 17 in 1943. He briefly played in the minor league before entering the Navy.

Dodger Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda was Snider's teammate.

"Duke was not only a great player but he was a great person, too," LaSorda said. "He loved his family and loved the Dodgers. He was the true Dodger and represented the Dodgers to the highest degree of class, dignity and character. He was my teammate and friend and I will really miss him."

He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980 and his Dodger uniform No. 4 was retired that year in Oldtimers Day ceremonies that featured Snider entering the ballpark from beyond the center field fence, accompanied by Joe DiMaggio and Willie Mays, two other Hall of Fame outfielders of the same era.

Following his playing career, Snider returned to the Dodger organization as a minor league manager. He later joined the Montreal Expos as a broadcaster and batting coach.

Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully called Snider extremely gifted.

"His defensive abilities were often overlooked because of playing in a small ballpark, Ebbets Field," Scully said.

"When he had a chance to run and move defensively, he had the grace and the abilities of DiMaggio and Mays and of course, he was a World Series hero that will forever be remembered in the borough of Brooklyn," he said. "Although it's ironic to say it, we have lost a giant. He's joining a great Dodger team that has moved on and I extend my sympathies to his entire family, especially to Bev."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Some additional information, stats, etc. can be found on the Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Snider


 

27 comments

Comment Profile ImageMike Glenn
Comment #1 | Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm
I was saddened to hear of my boyhood idol Duke Sniders passing. Growing up and playing sandlot pick up baseball in the mid 1950's in upstate New York all of my frineds had favorite baseball stars, many the afternoon in August I would spend hours arguing with my friend Joe over who was the best baseball player his favorite Willie Mays or my old #4.

Every at bat on that old school yard was preceded by me tapping my Keds with the bat to "clean 'em off. Every morning at the breakfast table the first order of reading was the box score from yesterdays game.....when Duke had homered it meant a great start to a little boys day. I will always cherish the memories of the Dodgers and the year they won the series....I actually saw the Duke live on the old black&white Philco. Thanks for the memories, may you rest in peace and God Bless your family.
Comment Profile ImageLongtime resident
Comment #2 | Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm
Knew Duke and was just one of the many he had helped here in fallbrook through baseball, etc..

RIP Duke.
Comment Profile Imageblackjack
Comment #3 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:23 am
R.I.P DUKE
Comment Profile ImageFab
Comment #4 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 6:57 am
I live in New York State. I grew up in a Yankee culture, but I followed "Dem Bums" and the Duke was my hero. He always had a special place in my memories and still will. My prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.
Comment Profile ImageMargaret DuRant
Comment #5 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 7:05 am
"Mr. Snider", Duke's brother, was my gym teacher in the 1950's. He always spoke so highly of his brother. My condolences to the family and friends.

Meg DuRant, Ann Arbor, MI.
Comment Profile ImageGreg Sr.
Comment #6 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:18 am
I remember when my dad would have the Dodger game on the radio and I would hear Vin Scully announcing the game. I was too young at the time to really pay attention to the game, but I still remember hearing certain names coming over the radio. Duke Snider along with players like Don Drysdale and Johnny Roseboro became part of the fabric of my childhood. Even today when I hear Vin Scully announcing a game, it takes me back to my childhood growing up in southern California.

As a child, I remember pretending to be a Dodger and saying "I'll be Duke Snider".
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook In The 60's
Comment #7 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:46 am
@ Greg Sr. 'You took the words right out of my mouth.'
I knew Duke and his family during the 60's. What a great bunch of folks. California has just lost a piece of the magic that once made our state so special. Rest in peace Duke.
Comment Profile ImageBob Terrell
Comment #8 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 10:06 am
I grew up a Dodger fan and living in Southern California my dad took me to see the Duke play early in the 60's. It was great to be at the game with my dad and watching the Duke smack the ball around the park. About 40 years later I moved to Fallbrook and one day was standing in line at the Bank of America when a man walked in walking with a cane...It was the Duke! I said hello and he nodded and smiled at me. I drove directly home and told my wife. She was excited for me. It seems so long ago that my dad took me to see the Duke. This month I lost two heros, my dad and the Duke. I'll never forget that game
Comment Profile ImageMark Violet
Comment #9 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 11:57 am
I first met Duke in 1958, the year the Dodgers moved to L. A. And Duke, Bev and family moved to Fallbrook. I was 10 and in total awe. I quickly learned a valuable life lesson; the famous are just folks like all of us. I quickly learned that here was a truly gracious, humble, giving man doing the best he could with the gifts God had given him.

As the years went on Duke on confirmed those first impressions. At one point Duke and Bev were counselors of our Jr. High church youth group. By then retired, you would have never known he was a Hall of Famer, just a humble man serving his church.

Over the past dozen years I ran into Duke and Bev several times when I was in town. He always remembered me. Always inquired about my family, by name and always, always was the same sweet man.

Duke, you were one of the classiest men I've ever known. You inspired a generation or two of Fallbrookians to never be too full of themselves, to be gracious and to always have a warm smile.

You will be missed Duke, probably more than would would have ever known.
Comment Profile ImageEd Stedham
Comment #10 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm
He was, and is my childhood baseball hero of all time. I was fortunately able to see him play in LA, along with my father. and he actually hit home runs in the six or seven games we attended. I have his baseball card, and the Union Oil Booklet, that I have saved all these years. I lived in Valley Center for a few years, and our real estate representative new him, and spoke highly of him in Fallbrook. That was the closest I had got to meet him in person. He will always be noted for his hitting and fielding, but I hope someone will mention the baseball he threw out of the LA Colosseum, over a bet......
Comment Profile ImageRonnie Pennington
Comment #11 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm
I sobbed openly upon hearing of the passing of my hero, The Duke Of Flatbush. My 38 year old son said ... "But Dad , He was 84 years old". I said ... "Yes, but to me he was still in his 20's , hittin' em across Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn". Rest in Peace Duke, and may God bless your dear wife Beverly and the entire family.
Comment Profile ImageMaureen Fagan
Comment #12 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Duke and his wife Beverly were patients in our Optometry Office. He was a truly nice man who will be missed. We wish Beverly and family peace and love at this time.
Comment Profile ImageJ. Denny Sherman
Comment #13 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm
I remember Duke Snider Bowling Alley,
Many fun time in my childhood, Duke actually helped me bowl when I was just 6 or 7 yrs old.
Nice man. Someone I'll always remember. thanks
Comment Profile ImageSam Swihart
Comment #14 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm
While a resident in Fallbrook late 60's and early 70's i would chance meet Duke at Chuck Bell's barber shop. But the most memorial encounter was when I took my ten cheldren to the local super market and accidently left one of them there. A few hours after arriving home , I received a call from Mrs. Snider asking if I was missing a little boy. A quick head count confirmed the loss. I went to the Sniders and retreived my son. After that incident I was always a little ashamed to run into thr Sniders again.
Comment Profile ImageJerry Mikel
Comment #15 | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm
I was stationed at Camp Pendleton as a young Marine. I lived with my bride in Fallbrook. I remember Duke's bowling lanes where me and my buddies would knock over a few pins just to be someplace more like home. Occasionally Duke would come in and visit with us. There was a life sized picture of him in the batters box when you came into the place. This man had a beard that would be a substitute for sandpaper and a smile that would just warm your insides and make your day brighter.



Semper Fi Duke Rest in Peace
Comment Profile ImageBarbara Findler
Comment #16 | Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 at 9:33 am
I worked for the Snider family for 3 years in the mid 80's helping care for Beverly's mother and father. What amazed me about Duke Snider was that he would come to his inlaws every week he was in town to take out their trash cans and mow their little back yard!
He was such a wonderful humble man; a true hero and great human being.
My deepest sympathy to his family.
Comment Profile ImageWeatherman
Comment #17 | Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 at 10:40 am
He's having fun hitting homeruns in heaven today.
Comment Profile ImageMB
Comment #18 | Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm
Willie, Mickey & The Duke !!

What an icon, Duke you were the greatest. I started following your career the last two years in Brooklyn and then when you moved to West coast. Watching you cover the outfield with such grace especially in the vast L.A. Memorial Coliseum and that picture sweet swing of yours, I'll never forget the moments I had watching you play! Having the pleasure of seeing you in town from time to time was very special and the two occasions I was fortunate to talk baseball with you will never be forgotten. God bless you my friend & hopefully some day our paths will cross again !
Comment Profile ImageSally Larsen
Comment #19 | Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 at 9:15 am
My dog groomer friend told me this Duke story: she used to groom the Snider's dog, and knew them in that context. She was at dinner in a local restaurant in FB where they had on display a big picture of Duke in his baseball uniform. My friend said to her partner (in all innocence), "what is Mr. Snider doing in a baseball suit?" True, she is not a baseball fan, but to her he was one of her many adored customers and their beloved pets. He was more than just a guy in a baseball suit.
Comment Profile ImageDodgers Larry Tucker
Comment #20 | Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 at 9:43 am
Duke Snider was my baseball Hero. While I never got to see my Brooklyn Dodgers play, you dont know anybody who loved them more. I would stand near the dirt road where I was born and still live, with an axe handle and marbles ,and I, just as the Duke
would hit one onto Bedford Ave. I got to meet Duke in 2004 ,he is
such a class person. My heart is broken. Love to Bev and family.
Ebbets Field Stands
My Brooklyn Live
Larry Tucker
Smithville Ga.
Comment Profile ImageLarry Tucker
Comment #21 | Saturday, Mar 5, 2011 at 8:52 am
In the above I should have Dodgers between Brooklyn and Live.
Ebbets Field Stands
The Brooklyn Dodgers Live
Larrry Tucker
Smithville Ga.
Comment Profile ImagePenny B. In Fallbrook, Ca
Comment #22 | Saturday, Mar 5, 2011 at 9:08 am
We met Duke at a small church Bible study. He believed in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior! He
Was a man who loved God and talked openly about Jesus Christ! He was always willing to share stories about his family and his journey as a
Ball player. He and his precious wife were a fine example of Christian family values. We were honored to have met such kind people! We pray for the family. We will miss Him!
Comment Profile ImageJD
Comment #23 | Sunday, Mar 6, 2011 at 8:52 am
A great Baseball man, and an even better person, from what I can gather after reading this story and the comments. I am new to Fallbrook, but a long time Dodger fan, and always loved the Duke stories. There should be more athletes like him. Imagine the millionaire athlets of today, and what they could do with their money...most don't even come close to what Duke did.
Comment Profile ImageIndependent
Comment #24 | Sunday, Mar 6, 2011 at 11:03 am
R.I.P. Duke...
Comment Profile Imagemickey mantle linley
Comment #25 | Saturday, Apr 9, 2011 at 8:43 am
I lived in Fallbrook a number of years and attended FHUS from '69 to '71. Kurt Snider was a year behind me. It's kinda ironic being named after Mickey Mantle and living in the same town as Duke Snider. Years later I was working at the Fallbrook country club and had the honor of meeting the legend himself. I will always remember that time of my life. RIP Duke Snider
Comment Profile Imagemike z
Comment #26 | Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm
I was a brooklyn dodger fan and duke snider fan.Got to see him on happy felton show with the little leaguers.He was a great person and wonderful idle for people of all ages.
I will miss you
mike z
Comment Profile ImageSteve Unzueta
Comment #27 | Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:34 am
As a 12 yr. old kid, we went to see the "Brooklyn Dodgers" (as we still called them) in May of 1958 at the LA Coliseum. We were part of the youth group at Bethany Baptist Church in Long Beach. What a treat. A kid named Sandy Koufax started, another youngster Don Drysdale also pitched in relief, Pee Wee knocked a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Pirates. Most impressive was the batting stance and swing of the Duke. The Dodgers were now ours, we couldn't be any happier. Thanks for the Memories Duke. So glad to know that the Duke was a believer in our Lord Jesus. May the Lord comfort and bless the Snider family.

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