Wednesday, July 20, 2011

First Look: Duke Snider Bobblehead

The Dodgers have given us our first look at the final bobblehead of the year, Duke Snider. This is the one I'm most excited about. And it doesn't disappoint. I love the classic look of this bobblehead. I think they got the Duke right. Presented by State Farm ,this bobblehead will be given away to the first 50,000 fans in attendance.

The Dodgers will celebrate the life of Hall of Famer Duke Snider on Tuesday, August 9 with pregame ceremonies honoring the franchise's all-time leading home run hitter and special presentations throughout the game. In addition, fans at the game will receive a bobblehead featuring the legendary outfielder's likeness and will be able to pose for photos with Snider's Hall of Fame plaque, which is making a rare trip to Dodger Stadium from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York for the event.

Duke Snider's Hall of Fame plaque will be displayed on the field at the bottom of Field level aisle 27, just down the third base line from the Dodger dugout, from 5:10 - 6:30 p.m. for fans to pose for photographs. After the start of the game, the plaque will be displayed in the club level memorabilia concourse as part of a special Duke Snider exhibit.

Fans at the August 9 game will receive Duke Snider bobbleheads, presented by State Farm, which feature him at the plate in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform.

Snider's wife Bev, four children, Kevin, Kurt, Pam and Dawna, several grandchildren and other family members will all be on hand at the game and will participate in the pre-game ceremonies.
Snider passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 84. He was born Edwin Donald Snider in Los Angeles, CA on Sept. 19, 1926 and became one of the game's most feared hitters during his 16 seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1947-1962), playing on a pair of World Championship teams (1955 and 1959) and in six World Series overall. The eight-time All-Star center fielder ranks as the franchise's all-time leader in home runs (389) and runs batted in (1,271) and during the 1950s, he topped all Major Leaguers with 326 homers and 1,031 RBI. He slugged four home runs in both the 1952 and 1955 World Series.

The Dodgers have worn a memorial patch in Snider's honor at all games this season. Snider's uniform number was retired on July 6, 1980 and is one of just 10 retired numbers in franchise history. His number is displayed over the left field pavilion.

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