RIP: Duke Snider 1926-2011

We here at Notinhalloffame mourn the loss of Baseball Hall of Famer, Duke Snider who passed away today.  Snider was one of the All Time great Dodgers, and he entered the Hall of Fame in 1980.  The former eight time All Star, and constant MVP threat in the 1950's blted 407 Home Runs in his illustrious career.   "The Duke of Flatbush" had his number #4 retired by the Dodgers in 1980.  It was a well deserved honor. 

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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
Definitely a HoFer from a different time--althou gh lately Jim Edmonds has been compared to Snider, and there are some similarities , statisticall y and otherwise.

Snider winds up third-banana in the inevitable recounting of the three great centerfielde rs of 1950s NY baseball, behind Mays and Mantle. Surprisingly , Snider hit more home runs than either of them in the 1950s, including five straight 40+ seasons in Brooklyn.

Whether the cavernous, strangely configured for baseball LA Coliseum accounts for Snider's power outage once he left Ebbets Field is debatable--h is home-road HR splits are roughly even once the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, with one year, 1959, having him hit 13 at home and 10 on the road. Actually, Snider had knee surgery that coincided with the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles, and he just wasn't the same ballplayer afterward.

But he was good enough to make the Hall: .295/.380/.5 40 slash line, 407 HR and 1333 RBI, 140 OPS+, and 67.5 total WAR (in the top 100 all-time). He deserves to be in the refrain "Willie , Mickey and the Duke" because he's fit for their company.

And I'm a Giants fan.

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