Monday, May 17, 2021

HOF Duke Snider

The first thing I think about with Duke Snider certainly isn't the New York Mets. But, this was his final Topps base card, issued in 1964. In 1964, he played in 91 one games for the San Francisco Giants, but was not featured in the '65 set. 

Snider was elected into the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in 1980; it was his 11th year on the ballot (he went in with Al Kaline). He received 86.5% of the vote that year after earning 71.3% the previous year. 

Snider was an 8-time All-Star and was on two World Series winning teams. In eight of his eighteen seasons Snider earned MVP votes; he was the runner-up in 1955. 

This is a really nice looking card; Snider's looking up and out of the stadium, appears to be thoughtful; wistful. He was just about 37-38 in this photograph but the gray hair had taken over. Which makes me wonder since you don't see a lot of players in their mid-30s with that much gray hair these days, how many of them would be grayer if it weren't for hair coloring?

I often, somehow, confuse Duke Snider with Gil Hodges thinking that Hodges is the one in the Hall of Fame and that Snider isn't. One day I'll actually remember instead of having to Google it. 

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1 comment:

  1. The hair color thing is interesting. I've had white hair here and there since I was a teenager, but never more than a handful. These days... I probably have about 20... but the majority is on my chin. I'm dreading the day my hair lady asks me if I'm interested in dying my hair ;D