So sacred a figure is he to the borough that Borough President Marty Markowitz has ordered the flag atop Borough hall flown at half-mast.
Snider also has the distinction of hitting the very last home run ever hit at Ebbets Field.
He is pictured above in 1954 with Willie Mays, center fielder for the Giants (then, like the Dodgers, still a New York team). Baseball fans loved to compare and contrast the merits of New York's triumvirate of great centers - Snider, Mays and Mickey Mantle, who played for the Yankees. Snider was usually estimated at third-best, but he's always been the favorite among Dodgers fans.
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