Sunday, February 27, 2011

RIP Duke Snider

2 Comments:

Blogger aquaken said...

My boyhood hero! (I must have seen him hit a HR in the Coliseum back in the day.)

Great quote from Orlando Cepeda about his encounter with the Duke during his rookie season:

"In 1958, we opened with the Dodgers. One of my biggest thrills of my career when I came to first base, the opening game, he said to me, 'Orlando, good luck, good luck.' He was one of my idols. I almost fainted. We took batting practice first, I came out to look for Duke Snider. I loved Duke Snider. That was one of the biggest thrills of my life and we became very good friends — a great ballplayer and great friend."

And this from Willie McCovey:

"Duke was just a great friend. A great ballplayer. He was one of my favorites growing up. He's just a first-class guy, that's all."

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

He was also a proud member of the 1963 New York Mets.

1:27 PM  

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