Monday, February 28, 2011


Duke Snider has passed away at the age of 84. He was the centerfielder of the Brooklyn - and then Los Angeles Dodgers - back when they were "The Boys Of Summer". And he was instrumental in bringing the World Series trophy to Brooklyn in the Dodgers' only Series win while they were still in New York.

From the New York Times:
He was the only player to hit four homers twice in a World Series, including in 1955, when the Dodgers ended decades of frustration and defeated the Yankees, bringing Brookyn its only World Series championship.

As if for good measure, in 1957, before the Dodgers left for Los Angeles, he hit the last home run at their famous Brooklyn ballpark, Ebbets Field.

Twice Duke Snider appeared as himself in Toobworld (aside from all of those televised games, talk shows, etc.) First, he appeared in a 1956 episode of 'Father Knows Best' entitled "Hero Father". And then three decades later, he was in a 1988 episode of 'Simon & Simon' known as "Zen And The Art Of The Split Finger Fastball".

He may have also been in at least one of those classic "Less Filling vs Tastes Great" blipverts for Miller Lite......


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