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Duke Snider

Duke Snider

Duke Snider had the misfortune of playing at the same time as two other great center fielders in New York in the 1950s: Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. Snider was a great ballplayer in his own right: he could hit, hit for power, run, throw, and field his position. He was a model of consistency in the middle of the Brooklyn Dodgers' lineup, hitting 40 homers in five straight seasons. He also stepped up when it mattered most, hitting 11 home runs in the World Series, including four each in the 1952 and 1955 Fall Classics.

Snider was a cleanup batter for six Dodgers' pennant-winning teams. The tall, muscular left-handed batter had a quick bat and powerful wrists. His all-around play resulted in him receiving MVP votes in eight different seasons. He was runner-up to teammate Campanella in 1955, finished third to Campy and Eddie Mathews in 1953, and was fourth in 1954 behind Mays, Ted Kluszewski, and Johnny Antonelli.

Snider hit the first home run by a Dodger at Dodger Stadium.