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Duke Snider Named Dodger Captain

Feb. 27, 1962 - Duke Snider, the 35-year-old outfielder beginning his 15th National League season, today was named captain of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The club has not had a captain since Pee Wee Reese retired after the 1958 campaign. The appointment, which carries with it $500 in additional pay per year, was made by Manager Walter Alston. Snider hit 40 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons (1953–1957), and between 1953 and 1956 he averaged 42 home runs, 124 RBI, 123 runs, and a .320 batting average. He has appeared in six postseasons with the Dodgers (1949, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1959), facing the Yankees in the first five and the White Sox in the last. The Dodgers won the World Series in 1955 and 1959.

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