With the sad news of Duke Snider's passing ["The golden age of centerfielders," Editorial, March 1], I flashed on my first memories of him, which were shots of the Montreal Expos television booth during Mets games.
Something lost along the way, of course, are the segments that baseball broadcasts used to feature during rain delays, or between games of a doubleheader. One of my first glimpses of the history of New York baseball came when Snider joined the Mets broadcasters - Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner - in their Shea Stadium booth for an interview.
There are surely far better reminiscences of this Hall of Famer's career. But it's amazing that Snider was a Brooklyn Dodger, played for the Mets in the last season of the Polo Grounds, and broadcast for another team, the Montreal Expos, now long gone - three separate encounters with Brigadoons of the diamond.
James H. Burns
As Bob Hope would say, "Thanks for the memories." As a teenager in Brooklyn, when the great Duke Snider played centerfield for our beloved Dodgers, I played centerfield for Holy Trinity High School in Williamsburg and dreamed of the day I could play for the "Bums" of Brooklyn.
Your editorial not only brought back memories of the Duke running into the centerfield wall to make a great catch, but golden memories of when baseball was a hometown sport.