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  • Family plans private service for Duke Snider

    The family of Duke Snider is planning a private memorial service on March 12 for the Hall of Fame baseball player.

  • New York Mets pitcher Oliver Perez (46) wipes his face after giving up his second home run during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    As the Duke is remembered, another era begins

    He was one of the greats of one of baseball's greatest eras, when the game was America's only real pastime and a trio of players who would later be memorialized in song patrolled center field in New York's iconic ballparks.

  • FILE - In this Oct. 2, 1955, file photo, fans and teammates applaud Brooklyn Dodgers' Duke Snider (4) after his fifth-inning home run against the New York Yankees in a World Series baseball game in the Brooklyn borough of New York. It was Snider's second homer of the game. Snider, 84, died early Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, of what the family called natural causes at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif. Snider was part of the charmed "Boys of Summer" with the Dodgers in the late 1940s and 1950s. He helped lead Brooklyn to its only World Series championship in 1955. (AP Photo/File)

    Hall of Fame center fielder Duke Snider dies at 84

    Duke Snider played center in Ebbets Field and stickball on the streets of Brooklyn. He was immortalized in a song recalling a golden era in baseball and was once part of one of the sport's great debates.

  • ** CORRECTS YEAR TO 1962, INSTEAD OF 1952 - In this April 29, 1962, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Duke Snider dives for, but misses a hit by Pittsburgh Pirates' Bill Mazeroski during a baseball game in Los Angeles. Snider, 84, died early Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, of what the family called natural causes at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif. Snider was part of the charmed "Boys of Summer" with the Dodgers in the late 1940s and 1950s. He helped lead Brooklyn to its only World Series championship in 1955. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, File)

    Hall of Fame center fielder Duke Snider dies at 84

    To his mother, he was Ed. To everyone else, he was "The Duke of Flatbush" _ revered by a borough of baseball fans and forever remembered in a song that romanticized a most golden era.

  • Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed "Boys of Summer" who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died early Sunday of what his family called natural causes. He was 84.

    Hall of Famer Duke Snider dies at 84

    Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed "Boys of Summer" who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died early Sunday of what his family called natural causes. He was 84.

  • Boys of Summer are back

    "As the years went by, [Ebbets Field's] mystique only grew, as did the aura of the men who played there and the fans who adored them. ... The Brooklyn Dodgers live on."

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