Edwin Donald “Duke” Snider was raised in Compton, California and is the only child of Ward and Florence Snider. His father nicknamed his son Duke at the age of five because of the way he strutted around the bases as if he was royalty. After graduating from Compton High School, Mr. Snider was drafted into the Navy serving on a submarine tender in the Pacific. He married Beverly Null a native of Lynwood, California and for many years the couple lived on Carlin Avenue across from Lynwood Middle School. Snider said "The house was on a little rise and I could sit in my living room and watch the games every Friday night."
Duke Snider was named to the National League (NL) All-Star roster eight-times and was the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) runner-up in 1955. In 16 of his 18 seasons with the Dodgers, he helped lead the Dodgers to six World Series and two championships. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. Mr. Snider died in 2011.