Duke Snider was one of the most successful power hitters of the 1950s, hitting 40 HRs or more for five straight seasons leading up to the Dodgers moving from Brooklyn to Snider's native California.
Snider has a career .540 slugging percentage and .919 OPS.
Snider is also famous for MVP controversy:
While Snider did not win the 1955 Most Valuable Player Award, he could have but for a freak occurrence.
"Snider finished second to teammate Roy Campanella by just five points, 226-221, with each man receiving eight first place votes. The voting, conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America, is run as follows: Each voting member, one from each major league city, fills out a ballot selecting ten players. A player receiving a first place vote gets 14 points, 9 points for second, and then awards of 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for those in places 3 through 10.
A hospitalized writer from Philadelphia had turned in a ballot with Roy Campanella listed in position number 1 as well as in position number 5. The assumption had been that the writer had meant to write Snider's name into one of those slots. Unable to get a clarification from the ill writer, the BBWA, after considering disallowing the ballot, decided to accept it, count the first place vote for Campanella and count the fifth place vote as though it were left blank.
Had the ballot been disallowed the vote would have been won by Snider 221-212. Had Snider gotten that now-blank fifth place vote, the final vote would have favored Snider 227-226."