Dave Anderson On Duke Snider

From veteran baseball writer Dave Anderson's column in the Times about the late Duke Snider:

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As he often acknowledged, he had a "big mouth" that tarnished his image and his popularity. After being booed at a game at Ebbets Field one night, he snapped that Brooklyn fans "don't deserve a pennant." That prompted even more boos the next night. He later put his name on a Saturday Evening Post magazine article confessing that he only played baseball for the money, that he would rather be in California on his avocado farm not far from Los Angeles.

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These seem like trifles now, of course. But at the time, they were big stories. Fortunately, we generally forget our heroes' foibles and remember the things that made us love them.

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