27 February 2011

Farewell to the Duke of Flatbush

It's a sad day for the Dodgers family as we've lost one of the greatest sluggers to ever don the uniform. A man with no shortage of nicknames - the Silver Fox, the Duke of Flatbush - Edwin Donald Snider has died at 84.

The greatest Dodgers center fielder in history, Duke Snider was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. His #4 is up there with Robinson's #42 and Koufax' #32 as the stuff of Dodger royalty. I'll always remember the Duke as the tender, misunderstood, larger-than-life giant from Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer.

Who better to send off the Duke than Vin Scully, who provided the official Dodgers statement:

“He was an extremely gifted talent and his defensive abilities were often overlooked because of playing in a small ballpark, Ebbets Field. 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. 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.”
Farewell, Duke Snider. Have fun patrolling the great center field in the sky

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