From the Publisher
They were the glory days of baseball, unequaled in the annals of sports history. It was a time when giants rounded the base paths - legendary names like Mantle, Mays, DiMaggio, and Musial. While at New York's Ebbets Field, the Dodgers - baseball's beloved "Bums" - were capturing the hearts of an adoring nation. And royalty reigned in the Brooklyn centerfield - a home run king who made opposing pitchers tremble with fear each time he approached the plate with a bat in his hand . . .Edwin Donald Snider, The Duke of Flatbush!
"The Duke has finally offered us his story, and it was worht the wait."--Washington Post Book World
From The Critics
One of the ``Boys of Summer,'' Snider joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the same year as Jackie Robinson, relocated with the team to Los Angeles, then played with the Mets and the San Francisco Giants in the twilight of his career. With coauthor Gilbert, a former Washington Post sportswriter, ``The Dook,'' as he was dubbed in Flatbush, tells the story of those years excitingly and movingly. We read of Robinson's racial troubles, the inspiration that Dodgers' captain Pee Wee Reese provided for his colleagues and the camaraderie that characterized the team. But the memoir concentrates on the rivalry with the Yankees, whom the Dodgers met often through the 1950s in the World Series and whom they seldom defeated. The book also touches on Snider's post-playing period as a manager and later as a broadcaster in Montreal.