How much is Duke Snider worth?
|Net Worth:||$2 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||September 19, 1926|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Duke Snider
- Born: Sept. 19, 1926
- Died: Feb. 27, 2011
- Hometown: Los Angeles
- Height: 6-0
- Weight: 179 pounds
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Beverly; sons, Kevin and Kurt; daughters, Pam and Dawna
- Primary position: Center field
Before the bigs:
- Given name was Edwin Donald Snider; nicknamed “Duke” by his father when he 5.
- Three-sport standout at Compton (Calif.) High School, playing basketball, football and baseball. Was a quarterback who reportedly could throw the football 70 yards.
- First spotted by a Branch Rickey scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he signed a contract coming out of high school in 1943. Spent the next couple of seasons in minor league baseball, then served in the military in 1945. Spent two more seasons in minors, playing for the Fort Worth Cats (1946) and St. Paul (1947).
- Earned a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers and made his MLB debut on April 17, 1947, two days after Jackie Robinson made his debut.
- Started the 1948 season with Montreal of the International League, and after hitting .327 in the first half of the season, was called up to Brooklyn for good at midseason.
- Had an 18-year major league career, the first 16 years with the Dodgers and the last two with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. One of the top center fielders in history, played a total of 2,143 games in the big leagues. He posted career numbers of 407 home runs, 1,333 RBI and a batting average of .295.
- Was an eight-time All-Star selection — seven consecutive seasons (1950-56) and 1963.
- Six times he finished among the top 10 in voting for the league’s MVP award, including a second-place finish in 1955. He was second to teammate Roy Campanella that season by five points in voting by the baseball writers. It was a controversial ballot, as one writer wrote in Campanella’s name twice and left Snider off his ballot. Assuming one of those slots was meant for Snider, he could have finished ahead of his teammate.
- Was named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1955, when he hit .309 with 42 home runs and a career-best 136 RBI.
- Hit 40 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons (1953-57). In a four-year span from 1953-56, he averaged 42 home runs, 124 RBI, 123 runs and a .320 batting average.
- Hit better than .300 seven times, including four consecutive years (1952-55). Hit .341 in 1954, third-best in the National League.
- Led the National League in runs (1953-55), hits (’50), home runs and walks (’56), RBI (’55), total bases (’50, ’53, ’54) and slugging percentage (’53, ’56).
- Participated in five World Series with the Dodgers between 1949 and 1956. In his sixth and final World Series appearance in ’59, he established National League World Series career records of 11 home runs and 26 RBI. He is the only player to have hit four home runs in two different World Series (1952, ’55).
- In the mid-1950s, New York fans debated who had the best center fielder in New York among Willie Mays (Giants), Mickey Mantle (Yankees) and Snider (Dodgers). In the four years (1954-57) in which the trio shined, Snider led the three in both homers and RBI.
- From 1947 to 1961, Snider and teammate Gil Hodges combined to hit 745 home runs, the third-highest total for a duo in National League history and the fourth-highest total in the major leagues.
- In Snider’s last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was named team captain. He was sold to the Mets in 1963 and finished his career the following season with the Giants.
- Snider received 17 percent of the votes for Hall of Fame consideration in 1970, his first year of eligibility. Eight of the next nine years, his percentage increased from the previous vote until in 1980, when he received 86.5 percent of the votes to be selected to the Hall.
- Took up acting and appeared in television or films as himself or as a professional baseball player.
- In 1995, Snider pleaded guilty to federal tax fraud charges for failing to report income from sports card shows and memorabilia sales.
- Was ranked No. 84 on The Sporting News’ list of 100 Greatest Players in 1999.
- Died in 2011 at age 84 of natural causes at a convalescent hospital in Escondido, Calif.
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