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 their team for the 12th consecutive time, a 5-3 complete-game victory by Carl Erskine. The most memorable moment of the contest occurs in the second inning when the game is delayed because a small dog has to be escorted off the field by Dodger outfielders Carl Furillo and Duke Snider.
September 26, 1954
Willie Mays, with three hits in the season finale, 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 in the Dodgers' 11-8 win over Milwaukee. Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, and Roy Campanella also go deep in the Ebbets Field's contest, helping Brooklyn set a franchise record with six home runs.
September 22, 1957
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.
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 is the third involving the Dodgers within the last two months.
April 10, 1962
In front of 52,564 fans, Reds infielder Eddie Kasko doubles off of 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. The transplanted team from Brooklyn, which played their first four seasons on the West Coast at the LA Memorial Coliseum, drops a 6-3 decision to Cincinnati in the debut of the new $22 million ballpark in Chavez Ravine, that was financed with a low two-percent interest loan from the Union Oil Company in exchange for exclusive rights to advertise within the stadium.
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. 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.
April 1, 1963
Former Brooklyn Dodger Duke Snider returns to New York when the Mets purchase him from LA for $40,000. The 36 year-old outfielder, who will represent New York in the All-Star game, will be told at the end of the season by Buzzi Bavasi, his former GM, that the Yankees had asked for him to back up Mickey Mantle before he was dealt to the team the across the river.
June 14, 1963
In a 10-3 win over the Reds at Crosley Field, Met 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.
September 12, 1963
With former Dodger teammates, including Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and Ralph Branca, in attendance, Duke Snider is honored by the Mets, who hold his 'night' at the Polo Grounds, in a game that coincidentally marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will ever play in their once long-time home. The 'Silver Fox', obtained by the expansion team in April and who recently asked to be traded to a contender, tells the crowd at the Harlem ball park, “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”.
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." - Yankees legend Mickey Mantle.
Willie Mays, Duke Snider, and Mickey Mantle make their last appearance together when they attend the BBWAA Dinner in New York. ‘The Mick’ answers the often-asked question about who was the best of the fabled Big Apple trio of outfielders, telling the audience, "Willie was probably the best of us three…just look at the stats."
May 20, 1978
In a 6-0 victory over Montreal, Willie Stargell hits the longest home run in the history of Olympic Stadium. The Pirates' first baseman's 535-foot blast, hit off Expos' right-hander Wayne Twitchell, is his 407th round-tripper, tying him with Duke Snider for career homers.
October 2, 1981
New York's once legendary center fielders, Giant Willie Mays, Dodger Duke Snider, and Yankee Mickey Mantle, appear on the Warner Wolfe show. It is the first time all three Hall of Fame outfielders have appeared 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 single season Los Angeles Dodger record. Duke Snider holds the franchise record, slugging 43 round-trippers for Brooklyn in 1956.
August 24, 1999
Mariner 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.
September 29, 2000
Gary Sheffield ties the Dodgers' franchise 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. The left fielder, with his career best 43rd round tripper, now shares the team mark with Duke Snider, who established the record in 1956 when he played for Brooklyn.
September 7, 2001
Dodger right fielder Shawn Green breaks a club record for homers in a season with his 44th home run. The previous mark was shared by Duke Snider (1956) and Gary Sheffield (2000).
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. The Chicago right fielder, who had previously been tied with Ralph Kiner and Duke Snider, needs another season of at least 40 homers to equal Babe Ruth's major league mark of seven seasons, set from 1926 to 1932.