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Duke Snider from the Chronology
Jan 9, 1980 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Kaline is the 10th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility while Snider is making his 11th appearance on the ballot.
May 27, 1964 - The first two leadoff batters for the Giants-Chuck Hiller and Duke Snider-belt homers off Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson. That's all the scoring the Giants get but it's enough as they win 2-1.
Apr 11, 1963 - Warren Spahn's Opening Day 6-1 victory over the Mets is his first win of the season and the 328th of his career. He thus moves ahead of yesteryear's great Eddie Plank as the all-time winningest lefthander. Except for Duke Snider's HR no Met gets past 2B.
Jul 4, 1962 - The Yanks and A's split in New York with Kansas City winning the opener 11-1 on five Yankee errors. In the nitecap Mantle hits a 2 run homer in the 5th to tie the game and the Yanks score 5 in the 6th inning to ice it 7-3. In the 6th Mantle adds another homer his 389th to move into 7th place on the all-time list just ahead of Duke Snider.
May 11, 1962 - Minnie Minoso of the Cardinals suffers a fractured skull and broken wrist running into the outfield wall while chasing a Duke Snider triple. The Dodgers win 8-5. Minnie will be out of action until July 19th then go back on the DL on August 18th when Craig Anderson hits him with a pitch breaking his left forearm.
Apr 17, 1961 - In a 9-5 St. Louis win in the opener of a doubleheader Dodger Duke Snider hits his 370th HR over the LF screen taking 7th place on the all-time list. But in his next at bat the Duke suffers the consequences sustaining a broken elbow when hit by Bob Gibson pitch.
Aug 14, 1958 - The 7th place Dodgers draw just 6195 the smallest regular-season crowd in LA history as Don Drysdale tops the Cubs 7-3 at the Coliseum. Duke Snider and Jim Gilliam hit HRs for the winners. The smallest Dodger Stadium crowd 6559 will show up on September 13 1976.
Apr 23, 1958 - Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR and Pee Wee Reese plays in his 2000th game but the Dodgers lose 7-6 to the Cubs. Duke Snider injures his arm before the game trying to throw a ball out of the Los Angeles Coliseum. Unamused Dodger officials dock him a day's pay.
Mar 5, 1958 - Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer suffer minor injuries in an auto accident in Vero Beach, FL as they try to beat a 12:30 A.M. curfew. This is the 3rd accident in 2 months involving Dodger players; Jim Gilliam and his family had an accident shortly after Roy Campanella was paralyzed in a career-ending car crash.
Sep 22, 1957 - Duke Snider's 39th and 40th HRs are the last that will be hit at Ebbets Field. The Duke of Flatbush ties Ralph Kiner's NL mark of hitting at least 40 HRs in 5 consecutive seasons and is the first major leaguer to reach the 40-homer mark without driving in 100 runs: he'll finish with 94 Phillie Robin Roberts who has a penchant for throwing HR balls is the loser 7-3.
Jul 20, 1957 - Brooklyn also wins 7-5 over the Cubs as Duke Snider hits his 300th homer and his 8th in 10 games since the All-Star break. Drysdale is the winner with Labine in relief despite giving up a pair of homers to Ernie Banks. The Dodgers stay a game in back of the Braves.
Sep 30, 1956 - Sandy Amoros and Duke Snider each hit 2 HRs as the Brooklyn Dodgers win 8-6 over Pittsburgh to cop the pennant on the last day of the season finishing a game ahead of the Braves. Snider belts his 42nd and 43rd homers to help Newcombe win his 27th.
Jul 25, 1956 - At Roosevelt Field in Jersey City the Dodgers clip the Reds 2-1 when Duke Snider hits a homer to dead CF in the 9th inning. Snider's HR his 3rd in 2 days pins the loss on Brooks Lawrence. Newcombe wins and is even with Lawrence in victories (14). Frank Robinson also homers while Furillo hits safely in his 18th straight game.
May 13, 1956 - At Brooklyn Duke Snider hits 2 homers one a grand slam as the Dodgers beat the Giants 6-4. Furillo's homer provides the other score. It is the Duke's first slam at Ebbets.
Dec 8, 1955 - Dodger C Roy Campanella wins his third NL MVP, matching the record of Stan Musial. Campy just beats out teammate Duke Snider, 226-221, but a clerical error, discovered later by Sid Keener of The Sporting News, may have cost Snider a share of the award. Campy is named on all 24 ballots cast, while Duke is named on 23. But on the ballot that fails to mention Snider, Campy is listed twice—for 1st place and 6th place. If the ballot is invalidated, Snider wins; if the assumption is made that the writer made an error and meant to vote Snider in 6th place, the two teammates tie at 226 points apiece.
Oct 1, 1955 - Surprise Brooklyn starter rookie Roger Craig pitches 6 innings for the 5-3 win. Two HRs by Duke Snider and one by Sandy Amoros in the first 5 innings prove too much for New York. Snider who hit 4 HRs in the 1952 WS becomes the first player in history to do this more than once.
Jun 1, 1955 - At Ebbets Field Duke Snider of the Dodgers hits 3 HRs and just misses a 4th when it bounces off the top of the fence for a double. The Dodgers set a club record with six 4-baggers as Campanella Reese and Robinson add homers to outlast the Braves 11-8.
Sep 26, 1954 - In his 2nd start rookie Brooklyn lefty Karl Spooner shuts out Pittsburgh 1-0 on a Gil Hodges HR in the 8th. He fans 12 for a total of 27 strikeouts in his first 2 ML games establishing a new record. One of his strikeouts in the 9th is against Dusty Rhodes: "Before I went up to hit against him I told the boys I'd kiss every one of them if he struck me out. Just call me Liberace." Gil Hodges' 8th-inning HR his 25th at Ebbets Field (a new club record) gives him 42 for the season tying him with Duke Snider for the most by a Dodger. Hodges also finishes the year with 18 sacrifice flies a ML record that won't be topped the rest of the century.
Sep 26, 1954 - Going into the last day of the NL season Don Mueller leads in hitting with .3426; Duke Snider is 2nd at .3425 followed by Willie Mays at .3422. The Giants win 3-2 in 11 innings over the Phillies Robin Roberts as Mays garners a single double and triple in 4 ABs. He finishes at .345 while Mueller going 2-for-6 slips to .341 the same as the hitless Snider. Richie Ashburn plays in his 730rd straight game stretching back to June 7 1950.
Sep 25, 1954 - Duke Snider joins teammate Gil Hodges in the 40-HR club giving the Dodgers two 40-HR sluggers in 2 straight seasons. The Dodgers win 10-5 over Pittsburgh as the sluggers drive in 3 runs apiece. Erskine wins his 18th.
Sep 14, 1953 - Johnny Klippstein of the Cubs stops Duke Snider's hitting streak at 27 consecutive games the longest in the NL in 1953. The Cubs top the Series-bound Dodgers 3-1 for their 10th win in a row.
Sep 4, 1953 - Despite consecutive homers by Wes Westrum Al Corwin and Whitey Lockman in the 3rd the Giants lose to the Dodgers 8-6 in a game marred by beanballs and disagreements on calls. Following a Clem Labine brushback on Giants IF Bobby Hofman Larry Jansen throws at Duke Snider and Roy Campanella in the 8th.
May 21, 1952 - After leadoff batter Billy Cox grounds out against Ewell Blackwell the Whip loses his snap. The Dodgers then score 15 runs in the first inning as a NL record 19 consecutive batters reach 1B. Captain Pee Wee Reese walks twice in reaching base safely 3 times. Andy Pafko is thrown out trying to steal 3B and Duke Snider mercifully strikes out to end the barrage against the Reds. The Dodgers score 15 runs on 15 RBIs in the frame and coast at home 19-1. Winning pitcher Chris Van Cuyk has the most hits with four-two in the first inning off Bud Byerly and Frank Smith while Bobby Morgan has a pair of two-run homers and Snider another two-run homer. The Reds lone run is a homer by reserve catcher Dixie Howell.
Aug 28, 1951 - The Dodgers edge the visiting Reds 3-1 behind rookie Clem Labine. Duke Snider provides the offense off Howie Fox with a single and two-run homer the latter breaking a tie in the 8th.
Oct 1, 1950 - In Robin Roberts' 3rd start in 5 days Dick Sisler's dramatic HR off Don Newcombe in the 10th clinches the pennant 4-1 for the Whiz Kids. It is the Phillies' first pennant in 35 years. In the play that sets the stage for Sisler's heroics CF Richie Ashburn playing shallow throws out Dodger runner Cal Abrams at the plate in the bottom of the 9th. Abrams will later say "I think they should have held me at 3rd" while Dodgers' skipper Burt Shotton commenting on having Duke Snider hitting away "I should have bunted. If you don't believe me look in the newspapers." Brooklyn's only score comes when Pee Wee Reese hits a drive into the screen over the wall in right field. The ball falls on top of the wall and bounces up and down long enough for Reese to leg out an inside-the-park HR. Roberts wins his 20th the first 20-game winner for the Phils since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1917.
Sep 30, 1950 - Before 23879 at Ebbets Field Brooklyn pulls within one game of the lead as Erv Palica wins 7-3 over the Phillies. The Brooks rout rookie Bob Miller and then Duke Snider and Roy Campanella pound homers off Jim Konstanty. It is the Phillies 5th loss in a row their 8th in 10 games. The red-hot Dodgers have now won 13 of their last 16 games. For the 2nd year in a row the pennant race will come down to the last game. If the Dodgers win tomorrow the race will end in a three-way tie.
Jun 2, 1950 - In a rain-soaked game in St. Louis Don Newcombe and the Dodgers trim the Birds 8-1 to move into first place. Newk holds the Birds to 5 hits including Marty Marion's 3rd homer in 3 games he's started. Duke Snider's 2-run homer in the 6th helps drive Harry Brecheen to the showers. The Cards and Phils are a game back.
May 30, 1950 - The Dodgers Duke Snider hits 3 consecutive HRs in the 2nd-game 6-4 win of a doubleheader sweep of the Phils at Ebbets Field. His 4th drive hits the top of the RF screen and he is held to a single. Brooklyn wins the a.m. game 7-6 in 10 innings. Konstanty takes the loss in relief of Robin Roberts.
Aug 12, 1949 - At Ebbets Field the Braves top the Dodgers 5-3 in a game that Brooklyn protests. In the 8th inning Duke Snider belts a drive off the CF screen that Art Gore signals a home run. The Braves point out that according to the ground rules the ball is still in play and Gore sends Snider back to 3B. When Duke is stranded there the Dodgers protest. The protest will be rejected by Ford Frick who censors Gore for the confusion he caused by his "bad judgment and slow thinking."
Aug 18, 1948 - At Philadelphia Rex Barney fires a one-hitter beating the Phils 1-0. The lone hit is a looping single by Ralph Caballero that just eludes a diving Duke Snider. Barney completes his victory by striking out the side in the 9th. The 2nd-place Bums score their lone run in the first when Robin Roberts wild pitches home Brooks from 3B.
May 2, 1948 - The Phillies and Dodgers divide a doubleheader Brooklyn outslugging the Blue Jays 9-6 in the opener then losing 2-0 to Ken Heintzelman. Furillo has a HR triple and single in the opener while Duke Snider hits his first 2 ML homers-the first inside-the-park-a triple and a single good for 4 RBIs. Ben Chapman starts Dutch Leonard but after one out brings in Curt Simmons against the lefty Dodger lineup. In the nitecap Furillo's 2-out single in the 7th is the first hit off Heintzelman who pitches a 4-hitter.