Elijah “Pumpsie” Green was born in Boley, Oklahoma, in the fall of 1933. In 1959, at the age of 25, he would take the field as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
With the World Series this month, I thought it might be well to compare three icons… to give Duke his due, so to speak
As a minor league pitcher, Dennis Minogue hardly had Hall of Fame talent. Once he changed his tune — and name — and forever linked Willie, Mickey and the Duke, he earned his spot in Cooperstown.
Through the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Snider family has conveyed its gratitude and appreciation for the public’s support since Snider’s death.
Brooklyn Dodgers legend Duke Snider died Sunday. He was 84. “Duke was a fine man, a terrific hitter and a great friend, even though he was a Dodger,” Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays said.
A smile spread across the 80-year-old’s face when he was asked about the friendship he and others such as Johnny Podres, Pee Wee Reese and Gil Hodges had with the late Hall of Famer off the field.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig along with other owners and Hall of Famers reacted to the death of Brooklyn Dodger Duke Snider:
Willie Mays was back where he started his big league career, bringing along the San Francisco Giants’ World Series trophy celebrating the team’s first title since 1954.