The recent passing of Hall of Fame outfielder and slugger Edwin “Duke” Snider broke the hearts of millions of baseball fans around the world, but especially hit hard the aging fans who remember the old Brooklyn Dodgers.
Snider was a star for the 1955 club which remains legendary because it was the only Brooklyn team that ever won the World Series (defeating the hated New York Yankees, no less).
Of course, the Dodgers went to the West Coast after the 1957 season.
Snider’s death means that only nine players from the 1955 championship team are still alive (out of a total of 32 players who suited up for the Bums that year). And some of these are stellar names from the history of baseball.
Aside from Snider, the three biggest stars of that team, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Pee Wee Reese have departed. Jackie, perhaps the greatest icon in Dodger history, died in 1972 at only 53. Campy and Pee Wee died in the 1990s.
The manager of that club, Walter Alston, died in 1984.
Here are the living members of the 1955 Dodgers team: