The Duke of Flatbush...RIP

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    Dodgers mourn the passing of Hall of Famer Duke Snider

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    It's September 22, 1957, at Ebbets Field, and the Dodgers 31-tear-old Duke Snider has just connected for his last home run at the beloved Brooklyn ballpark. Of equal significance, the blast is Snider's 40th of the season, allowing him to tie Ralph Kiner's National League record of 40 or more HRs in five consecutive seasons( Babe Ruth holds the record with seven )
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    Dodger Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider passed away this morning at the age of 84 at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif.

    Born Edwin Donald Snider in Los Angeles, CA 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 five, 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 low minors before entering the Navy.

    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 great outfielders of Snider's time.

    Dodgers mourn the passing of Hall of Famer Duke Snider | dodgers.com: Official Info

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    Bye Duke...say hi to the Mick and thanks for the memories...
     
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    Talkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey, and the Duke) on Yahoo! Video
     

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