He had an iconic name, wore an iconic number, and was a rare slugger among the pitching greats in the pantheon of Dodgers retired numbers. Duke Snider was truly Dodgers royalty, and he passed away this morning at the age of 84.
The Dodgers released this statement by Vin Scully:
“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.”
Can't say it better than that. Our thoughts are with the Snider family and the Dodgers organization.