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Duke Snider Headed Back to New York

Mar. 26, 1963 - Duke Snider (pictured in 1955) apparently is headed back to New York, where the outfielder starred for a dozen years for the old Brooklyn Dodgers. Now 36, Snider was placed on the waiver list by the Los Angeles Dodgers today. He was immediately claimed by the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. Buzzie Bavasi, the Dodgers’ general manager, said he would deal only with the Mets. He can withdraw Snider’s name within 48 hours and then try to negotiate a deal with the Mets for more than the $20,000 waiver price. He hopes to get $40,000 for the outfielder. Snider, one of the most popular players ever to play in Brooklyn, has expressed a preference for New York, but he said: “It’s been reported I would play only in New York if I am sold. That is wrong. I’ll play anywhere. All I want is to connect with a team I can help.” Snider would be a gate attraction as well as a valuable lefthanded power hitter for the Mets.


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