Baseball mourns loss of Snider

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Former Montreal Expos broadcaster and long-time Dodgers outfielder Duke Snider died Sunday at the age of 84.

"Duke was one of the truly legendary Dodgers who made his mark first in Brooklyn and then in his hometown of Los Angeles," Dodgers owner and chairman Frank McCourt said. "I had the pleasure of spending time with him on several occasions and he was a truly wonderful man. The entire Dodger organization is deeply saddened by his loss."

After a Hall of Fame playing career, Snider moved into the broadcast booth to do colour commentary for Expos games and worked alongside play-by-play man Dave Van Horne from 1973 to '86. He also called Los Angeles Dodgers games later in his second career.

That wasn't Snider's only connection to Canada, though. He played briefly for the Montreal Royals, then a minor-league affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Snider signed with Brooklyn in 1943, and made his major-league debut in 1947. He helped the club win a pair of World Series titles (1955, 1959) and was voted an All-Star seven times with the franchise.

His best season during the run was 1955, when Brooklyn finally overcame the Yankees to win the Fall Classic -- its last while playing in New York. Snider hit .309 with 42 homers, 136 RBI and scored 126 runs, eventually finishing second in NL MVP voting to teammate Roy Campanella.

After leaving LA following the 1962 campaign, Snider spent 1963 with the Mets and 1964, his final MLB season, with the rival Giants.

Snider ended his career, and still remains, the Dodgers' all-time leader in home runs (389) and RBI (1,271).

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980, and his uniform number (4) was retired later that season.

"He was an extremely gifted talent and his defensive abilities were often overlooked because of playing in a small ballpark, Ebbets Field," said iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. "When he had a chance to run and move defensively, he had the grace and abilities of DiMaggio and Mays, and of course, he was a World Series hero that will forever be remembered in the borough of Brooklyn. He's joining a great Dodger team that has moved on and I extend my sympathies to his entire family."

All told, the left-handed slugger compiled a .295 average with 407 homers and 1,333 RBI in 2,143 games.


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