Duke Snider dies: Dodgers' Hall of Fame center fielder was 84
Duke Snider, one of the "Boys of Summer" who defeated the New York Yankees in 1955 to bring home the Brooklyn Dodgers' only World Series title, died today at a hospital in Escondido, California. He was 84.
A powerful left-handed hitter known as the "Duke of Flatbush," Mr. Snider was an eight-time All Star with 407 career home runs. He was one of three center-field greats -- including the New York Giants' Willie Mays and the Yankees' Mickey Mantle -- who helped turn the 1950s into New York's golden age of baseball.
The Associated Press obituary for Mr. Snider has been posted. We'll have a staff-written story up soon.