The Duke of Flatbush: Duke Snider
Position: Center Fielder
Years with Dodgers: 1947-1962
Primary Stats: .295 batting average, 407 home runs, 1,333 RBI
Accolades: 7-time All-Star, World Series champion
Another legend on the franchise’s Mount Rushmore is Duke Snider, affectionately known as the Duke of Flatbush. As the team’s center fielder, Snider was a key contributor to the Dodgers’ success during the 1950s and early 1960s. His powerful swing and ability to drive in runs made him a feared presence in the lineup.
Snider’s career statistics speak volumes about his offensive prowess. With a .295 batting average, 407 home runs, and 1,333 RBI, he consistently delivered big hits in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Snider’s impact on the team was exemplified by his eight All-Star selections and a World Series championship in 1955.
Beyond his individual achievements, Snider was a beloved figure in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, capturing the hearts of fans with his remarkable play and charismatic personality. His contributions to the Dodgers’ franchise make him a deserving member of the Mount Rushmore.
“I’ve always said I’m a Dodger, and I always will be a Dodger.” – Duke Snider