Tag: Duke Snider

Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits the longest homerun at Olympic stadium

Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a 535-foot home run off Montreal Expos pitcher Wayne Twitchell to highlight a 6 – 0 victory at Stade Olympique. It is the longest home run in the ballpark’s history and is also Stargell’s 407th career home run, tying him with Duke Snider on the career all-time list.

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Duke Snider returns to New York

On April 1, 1963, the New York Mets purchase the “Duke of Flatbush,” veteran outfielder Duke Snider, from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Snider, one of the most popular players in the New York City area, starred for Brooklyn from 1947 to ‘57. The future Hall of Famer will hit 14 home runs for the Mets in 1963.

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Minnie Minoso suffers a fractured skull and breaks his wrist when he runs into the left field wall chasing Duke Snider’s triple in the Cardinals’ 8-5 loss to L.A

Minnie Minoso suffers a fractured skull and breaks his wrist when he runs into the left field wall chasing Duke Snider’s triple in the Cardinals’ 8-5 loss to L.A. at Busch Stadium. The St. Louis outfielder will return to the lineup in mid-July, only to have a bone in his forearm broken when he is hit by a pitch thrown by Craig Anderson of the Mets a month later.

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Dodger Stadium debuts with a 6-3 lose to the Reds

Wally Post hits the first home run in Dodger Stadium history, a two-out, three-run shot in the seventh inning off Johnny Podres that proves to be the difference in the Cincinnati’s 6-3 victory. The left fielder’s round-tripper to center field is a fair ball, unlike some others hit in the ballpark where the foul poles are discovered to be positioned in foul territory, requiring special permission from the National League to be recognized as fair during the first year in the team’s new home in Chavez Ravine.

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The destruction of Ebbets Field

Twenty-eight months after the Dodgers play their last game in Brooklyn, the demolition of Ebbets Field finally begins when a wrecking ball, painted with red and white stitches, begins its work on the ballpark Brooklyn called home for 44 years. Before the demolition wheel-chair bound Roy Campanella, the team’s former All-Star catcher and three-time National League MVP is given an urn of dirt from behind home plate in front of a crowd of 200 faithful fans.

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Los Angeles Dodgers capture the NL Pennant with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves

At the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams being tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning, after the first two batters make outs, when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.

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Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer suffer minor injuries in an auto accident in Vero Beach, Florida

1958 – Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer suffer minor injuries in an auto accident in Vero Beach, Florida, as they try to beat a 12:30 A.M. curfew. This is the third accident involving Dodgers players in the last two months; Jim Gilliam and his family had an accident shortly after Roy Campanella’s.

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Duke Snider seventh-inning homer off future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts will prove to be the last one ever hit at Ebbets Field

Duke Snider, with his second round-tripper in the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory over Philadelphia, hits his 40th home run, tying Ralph Kiner’s National League record of five consecutive seasons with forty or more homers. The Duke of Flatbush’s seventh-inning homer off future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts will prove to be the last one ever hit at Ebbets Field.

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Duke Snider lost a homer to the rain in Milwaukee. The blow came as he led off the eighth inning with Lew Burdette pitching for the Braves. The game was called with the Dodgers leading 2-0 during the bottom of the eighth. The records reverted back to the end of the seventh and a 1-0 Dodgers win.

8/3/1953: Duke Snider lost a homer to the rain in Milwaukee. The blow came as he led off the eighth inning with Lew Burdette pitching for the Braves. The game was called with the Dodgers leading 2-0 during the bottom of the eighth. The records reverted back to the end of the seventh and a 1-0 Dodgers win.

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Sal Maglie wins his 20th game to give the Giants a 2 – 1 win over the Dodgers’ Ralph Branca. Monte Irvin’s two-run homer in the 4th gives New York all its scoring, The Dodgers score in the 8th on a double by Duke Sniderand a triple by Jackie Robinson. But 3B Bobby Thomson snags a ground ball, tags Robby, and throws to first for a double play.

Sal Maglie wins his 20th game to give the Giants a 2 – 1 win over the Dodgers’ Ralph Branca. Monte Irvin’s two-run homer in the 4th gives New York all its scoring, The Dodgers score in the 8th on a double by Duke Sniderand a triple by Jackie Robinson. But 3B Bobby Thomson snags a ground ball, tags Robby, and throws to first for a double play.

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