Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dodgers to Honor Duke Snider

Sometimes simple is best. The Dodgers will be honoring and celebrating the life and career of Duke Snider with a patch to be worn at every game this season. See it above. It features Duke's retired uniform number within a black circle. If I'm not mistaken, this has been the traditional way the Dodgers have honored a fellow player. From the press release:
The last time the Dodgers wore a memorial patch on the team’s uniforms was in 2000 in memory of Snider’s teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese. Other memorial patches worn by the Dodgers were done so in tribute to Jim Gilliam (1978), coach Don McMahon (1987), Tim Crews (1993) and a combination patch for Hall of Famers Don Drysdale and Roy Campanella, who passed away within a week of one another in 1993.
The Dodgers will begin wearing it on Opening Night.

Also, fans will receive a special treat in the August 9th game against the Phillies. The first 50,000 fans will receive a Duke Snider bobblehead. Snider's family will be in attendance and will participate in a special pregame ceremony honoring him. This will be the 6th bobblehead give-away of the season.

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