The “Duke of Flatbush” passes away

Some of us, my self included, remember the Brooklyn Dodgers.  I grew up with Pee Wee Reese at short, Jackie Robinson at second, Gil Hodges at first, Don Newcomb pitching, Roy Campanella catching, and, my all time favorite, wearing number 4, Duke Snider in center.

My heros.

Mr. Snider passed away today. 

And so did a piece of my childhood.

4 replies
  1. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I didn't get into being a fan until I was in my mid-thirties. But, now I am a fanatic fan of the Red Sox. I can totally understand your feelings. Baseball stirs the passion and hope in the Spring, like nothing else. It is exactly the same as being 6 or 7 again, the world revolves around simple things. I will think of you today and share your feeling of loss. Thanks for writing, it carried me away to a world far from politics

  2. Don Lombardo
    Don Lombardo says:

    Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants – when New York was the centerpiece of baseball. Willie, Mickey, and The Duke. The Boys of Summer, The Shot Heard 'round the World, and Stengelese. An era gone, but not forgotten. The "Duke of Flatbush."

  3. Wayne SW
    Wayne SW says:

    New York City boasted three great center fielders.  Baseball fans of NYC debated who was better, an never ending argument.  The record books reflect that the FANS were the winner!  They were the greatest trio of Center fielders to play at the same time.  We will remember them forever!  Goodbye Duke!  Prayers to your family, teammates and fans.

  4. Ellyon
    Ellyon says:

    Only got to see him play once at the old Ebbetts Field. My biggest remembrance of that game was that the Dodgers played the Cinncinati Reds and they had a player named Ted Kluzewski who had the biggest muscles that I have ever seen. RIP Duke.

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