Duke Snider's Final Season (Playing for the 1963 Mets)
In 1963 the Brooklyn Dodger legend, Duke Snider was brought in & reunited with former teammate Gil Hodges.
Snider had considered retiring but was convinced by Dodgers GM Buzzie Bavasi that he should go play back in New York, as he was close to reaching milestones in hits & HRs. Bavasi worked out a deal selling his contract to the Mets for $40000.During their 1950’s heyday, Snider had batted third in front of Hodges, the cleanup man. Duke Snider & Gil Hodges were the only players of the decade of the 1950's to drive in over 1000 runs each. Snider had hit the most HRs (326) & driven in the most RBIs (1031) in the 1950s, while his teammate Gil Hodges was second to him in both categories.
hitting his 400th career HR. It came in the top of the 1st inning off the Reds' Bob Purkey. Snider became just the seventh player up to that point in MLB history to record 400 HRs with 2000 hits.