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July 5, 1952
In their final season in Boston, the Braves play in front of the largest home crowd of the season when 13,405 fans watch Brooklyn beat the home team for the 12th consecutive time, a 5-3 complete-game victory by Carl Erskine. The contest's most memorable moment occurs in the second inning when a small dog has to be escorted off the field by Dodger outfielders Carl Furillo and Duke Snider.
September 26, 1954
With three hits in the season finale, Willie Mays wins the batting title, finishing the campaign with a .345 average. The 'Say Hey Kid' goes third to first in batting average, with his performance passing teammate Don Mueller (.342) and Dodger center fielder Duke Snider (341).
June 1, 1955
Duke Snider blasts three home runs off different Braves' hurlers, accounting for six runs in the Dodgers' 11-8 win over Milwaukee. Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, and Roy Campanella also homer in the Ebbets Field contest, helping Brooklyn set a franchise record with six home runs.
September 22, 1957
With his second round-tripper in the Dodgers' 7-3 victory over Philadelphia, Duke Snider 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 be the last hit at Ebbets Field.
March 5, 1958
Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer, trying to beat a 12:30 am curfew, suffer minor injuries in an auto mishap in Vero Beach. With prior crashes involving Roy Campanella and Jim Gilliam, the car accident involves Dodger players for the third time within the last two months.
May 11, 1962
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. In mid-July, the St. Louis outfielder will return to the lineup, only to have a bone in his forearm broken with a pitch thrown by Craig Anderson of the Mets a month later.
April 10, 1962
In front of 52,564 fans, Reds infielder Eddie Kasko doubles off Johnny Podres in the first-ever at-bat at Dodger Stadium, and Duke Snider's single in the bottom of the second accounts for the home team's first hit. After the first four seasons at the LA Memorial Coliseum, the team drops a 6-3 decision to the Reds in the debut of the new $22-million ballpark in Chavez Ravine, financed with a two-percent interest loan from the Union Oil Company in exchange for exclusive rights to advertise within the stadium.
September 12, 1963

"I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn" - DUKE SNIDER, addressing the Mets fans on his special night at the Polo Grounds.

Former Dodgers teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella join the Mets in honoring Duke Snider on the day that marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will play at the Polo Grounds, once their long-time home. The 'Silver Fox,' obtained by the last-place expansion team in April, has recently requested to be traded to a contender.

April 1, 1963
Former Brooklyn Dodger Duke Snider returns to New York when the Mets purchase him from LA for $40,000. At the end of the season, Buzzi Bavasi will tell the 36-year-old outfielder, who will represent New York in the All-Star Game, that the Yankees had asked for him to back up Mickey Mantle before being dealt to the team across the river.
June 14, 1963
In a 10-3 win over the Reds at Crosley Field, Mets outfielder Duke Snider hits his 400th career homer off of Bob Purkey. With his sweet left-handed swing, the future Hall of Famer will finish his 18 years in the major leagues with 407 round-trippers.
June 23, 1963
After taking Phillies right-hander Dallas Green deep, Jimmy Piersall runs around the bases in the correct order, but backward, to celebrate his 100th career home run. The Mets' outfielder, who thought of the stunt after being disappointed by the lack of attention Duke Snider's 400th round-tripper received, will be released two days later by manager Casey Stengel.
January 22, 1965

"I've been asked the question many times over the years, all of us have, but I have to say right here and now: Willie was probably the best of us three...just look at the stats." - MICKEY MANTLE, Hall of Fame Yankee outfielder.

Willie Mays, Duke Snider, and Mickey Mantle make their last joint appearance when attending the BBWAA Dinner in New York. 'The Mick' answers who was the best of the legendary Big Apple trio of outfielders, telling the audience, "Willie was probably the best of us three...just look at the stats.

October 20, 1972
After hitting only five home runs in the regular season, Gene Tenace goes deep for the fourth time in the World Series, hitting a three-run homer off Jim McGlothlin in the second inning of the A's 5-4 loss to the Reds in Game 5. The Oakland catcher, who will be named the MVP of the series, ties the major league mark for round-trippers in a Fall Classic shared by Babe Ruth (Yankees, 1926), Lou Gehrig (Yankees, 1928), Duke Snider (Dodgers, 1952), and Hank Bauer (Yankees, 1958).
October 2, 1981
New York's once-legendary center fielders, Giant Willie Mays, Dodger Duke Snider, and Yankee Mickey Mantle, are guests on the Warner Wolfe show. The appearance marks the first time all three Hall of Fame outfielders have been together on a television show.
September 27, 1993
Mike Piazza, who broke the major league rookie record for home runs by a catcher earlier in the month, sets another mark for round-trippers when he hits his 34th, surpassing the previous L.A. Dodger mark shared by Steve Garvey (1977) and Pedro Guerrero (1985). Duke Snider established the franchise record with 43 homers playing with Brooklyn in 1956.
September 28, 1997
With his 40th home run, catcher Mike Piazza sets a Los Angeles Dodger single-season record. Duke Snider holds the franchise record, slugging 43 round-trippers for Brooklyn in 1956.
August 24, 1999
Ken Griffey Jr. joins Babe Ruth, Ralph Kiner, Duke Snider, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, and Mark McGwire as the only players to hit 40 homers in four consecutive seasons. The Mariner outfielder goes deep in the team's 5-0 victory over the Tigers at Safeco Field.
September 29, 2000
Gary Sheffield ties the Dodgers' single-season home run record when he goes deep off Woody Williams in the team's 3-0 victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. With his career-best 43rd round-tripper, the left fielder now shares the team mark with Duke Snider, who established the record in 1956 when he played for Brooklyn.
September 7, 2001
At Busch Stadium, right-fielder Shawn Green breaks the Dodgers' record for homers in a season with his 44th home run, the first of his two dingers he hits off Dustin Hermanson in the team's 7-1 victory over the Cardinals. Duke Snider (1956) and Gary Sheffield (2000) shared the previous mark.
August 17, 2002
Alex Rodriguez becomes the sixth player and the first infielder to compile five consecutive 40-home run seasons. The Rangers' shortstop joins Ralph Kiner (1947-51), Duke Snider (1953-57), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996-2000), Sammy Sosa (1998-2002), and Babe Ruth (1926-32), who established the record with seven straight 40-homer seasons.
September 27, 2003
Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa blasts his 40th home run to establish a National League record by reaching the plateau for the sixth consecutive season, surpassing Ralph Kiner and Duke Snider. The Chicago right fielder needs another 40-homer season to equal Babe Ruth's major league mark, set from 1926 to 1932.
June 4, 2020
Before their game against the New York Mets, the Dodgers retire their 11th uniform number, honoring Gil Hodges (#14), an eight-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove first baseman who batted .274 and hit 361 home runs during his 16 seasons with the team. Next month, the legendary Boy of Summer will be inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame, joining his late Brooklyn teammates Roy Campanella (1969), Pee Wee Reese (1984), Jackie Robinson (1962), and Duke Snider (1980) in Cooperstown.

(Ed. Note: In 1973, the Mets retired also Gil Hodges' number 14 as a tribute to their late manager, who died of a heart attack just before the start of the season. In addition to piloting the team to a World Championship in 1969, he also hit the first home run in franchise history, a solo shot in 1962. - LP)

February 4, 2023
The Dodgers bypass their unofficial policy of retiring the numbers only of players who had been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame when the team announces the addition of uniform #34 worn by Fernando Valenzuela, joining the honor bestowed on Pee Wee Reese (1), Tommy Lasorda (2), Duke Snider (4), Gil Hodges (14), Jim Gilliam (19), Don Sutton (20), Walter Alston (24), Sandy Koufax (32), Roy Campanella (39), Jackie Robinson (42), and Don Drysdale (56).  The fan-favorite Mexican southpaw, the only pitcher to win the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year award in the same season, made  331 appearances in a Dodger uniform, posting a 141-116 (.549) record and a 3.31 ERA  during his 11 years with the club.

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