Edwin Donald 'Duke' Snider (September 19, 1926 - February 27, 2011), nicknamed 'The Silver Fox' and 'The Duke of Flatbush', was a Major League Baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (194762), New York Mets (1963), and San Francisco Giants (1964). Snider was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. Born in Los Angeles, Snider was nicknamed 'Duke' by his father at age five. Growing up in Southern California, Snider was a gifted all-around athlete, playing basketball, football, and baseball at Compton High School, class of 1944. He was a strong-armed quarterback, who reportedly could throw the football 70 yards. Spotted by one of Branch Rickey's scouts in the early 1940s, he was signed to a baseball contract out of high school in 1943. He played briefly for the Montreal Royals of the International League in 1944 (batting twice) and for the Newport News Dodgers in the Piedmont League in the same year.
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