Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Celebration of the Duke's Retired Number - and his Cardboard

Aloha, everybody,

Tonight the Dodgers celebrate and recall the career of the legendary Dodger - the Duke of Flatbush - Duke Snider. 

The Duke patrolled center field for Brooklyn's Boys of Summer. He shared New York CF stardom with Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, inspiring countless arguments over who among them was the best. 

This is a replica of the Duke's 1949 Bowman RC. It's not the real McCoy, but nevertheless, it's beautiful, reflective and shiny. 

Speaking of shiny tribute cards, here's a shiny gold reprint of his 1952 Topps issue, with an added 1952 World Series stamp...

Brooklyn didn't win in 1952, but the Duke hit four home runs and had seven RBI's against the Yankees.

Here's one of my few original Duke Snider cards, 1957 Bowman. A real beauty.

This card celebrates the Dodgers' move to LA, and on the back lists some of the Dukes multiple records...

Here are some of his World Series records...

 Most home runs by a NL player (11), most RBIs (26) by a NL player, tied for most total bases in one series (24), tied for most extra base hits (6). 

This original is one of my favorites from the "Baseball Thrills" subset (which I am still chasing)...

 Here's the rear...

One more original, his penultimate Dodgers card,1961 Topps...

 During the glory days of the 1950's, Snider hit 326 home runs and 1,031 RBIs, more than anyone else in the game. He remains the only player to hit four or more home runs in two different World Series (1952, 1955)

Numbered 78/99
 The Duke was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980. 

 And the Duke got the first hit in Dodger Stadium.