Friday, May 20, 2011

Russ Snyder-Baseball

One of my Coffee Buddies brought in a recent Nelson, NE newspaper with an article on Russ Snyder receiving an Award for Community Service. Snyder went back to his home community after a successful major league baseball career. He signed with the Yankees in 1953 and came to the “show” in 1959 with the Kansas City Athletics after some years in the minor leagues. He was with the Baltimore Orioles from 1961-1967 and helped them win the World Series over the Dodgers by hitting 306 in 1966.  He closed out his baseball career with the White Sox, Indians and Brewers and retired in 1970 with a 271 batting average. Back in Nebraska he operated a Steak House and Tavern in Nelson for some 10 years. The establishment suffered a devastating fire consuming much of Snyder’s baseball memorable. He then worked some years for the USDA Soil Conservation Service.
The notation of Snyder receiving the Award prompted me to do some research and refresh a personal memory of his baseball career. We lived in the Washington, D. C. area and attended many Senator’s games during the time he was with Baltimore. Among my souvenir programs from all of the Major League parks, I came across one for a Washington Senators-Baltimore Orioles game on July 23, 1967. The scorecard was filled out by our 15-year old son Tim and shows Snyder getting a hit and scoring in the 11th inning to beat the Senators 7-3.

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