Beverly Snider, the wife of Hall of Famer and Dodgers all-time home run leader Duke Snider, passed away at her home in Fallbrook, California on Tuesday, the Dodgers announced. She was 95.
Beverly and Duke were high school sweethearts in Compton, and were married in 1947, the same year Duke made his major league debut for Brooklyn. The family purchased an avocado farm in Fallbrook, in northern San Diego County, in the 1950s, and were fixtures in the community for decades.
Fallbrook High School named its baseball field after Duke Snider in 2002, and former Dodgers general manager Buzzie Bavasi was on hand for the ceremony. From Steve Scholfield at the North County Times in 2002:
Bavasi told the standing-room-only audience that Snider could do it all on the baseball field, “but the best thing he did was marrying Beverly.”
“I have a wonderful family,” said Duke. “I can’t thank them enough for how well they are bringing up our grandchildren.
“It is so neat to have a family with lots of love, and all of that is a tribute to Bev.
“Buzzie is right, Bev is the best thing that has happened to me. she’s the Hall of Famer, not me”
Duke and Beverly had four children. They were married for 64 years, until Duke passed away in 2011.
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