Talkin' Willie, Mickey, Charlie And The Duke

The passing of Duke Snider sent Wezen-Ball's Larry Granillo to the archives ... the Peanuts archives, that is ...

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As you recall, the Peanuts comic strip was published daily from October 1950 until February 2000. In that time, nearly 18,000 strips were drawn, with a full 10% featuring baseball in some way. The height of the strip - and of its baseball fandom - came in the 1960s, though the late-1950s and early-1970s saw their fair share of top-notch strips. That also happened to be the era of Willie, Mickey, and the Duke. How often, then, were each of the three centerfielders mentioned by Charlie Brown and friends?

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I love baseball, and the Peanuts, and baseball and the Peanuts together. But Good Grief, nobody, and I mean nobody, loves this stuff the way Larry Granillo loves this stuff. And it comes through in every word he writes.

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