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February 27, 2011

Duke Snider (1926-2011)

According to of Famer and Dodger legend Duke Snider passed away Sunday morning following an undisclosed illness.

The outfielder made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and put together a solid career including a .295 batting average, 407 home runs and 1333 RBI. 

Snider was part of the charmed "Boys of Summer" with the Dodgers in the late 1940s and 1950s and helped slug Brooklyn to its only World Series championship in 1955. Snider also won a crown with the Dodgers in Los Angeles in 1959.

An eight-time All-Star, Snider is the Dodgers career leader in home runs (389), RBI (1271) and extra-base hits (814).  "The Silver Fox" was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980 with more than 86% of the vote.

Duke Snider was 84.

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