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Brotherhood of baseball
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The recent announcement that a statue of Camden native Larry Doby (along with Bernard Baruch) will grace the grounds of the Camden Archives and Museum came soon after the death of Duke Snider, one of the great baseball players of all time and one of the “Boys of Summer” as immortalized in the book by Roger Kahn. Snider was a Dodger -- a Brooklyn Dodger before owner Walter O’Malley upped and moved the team from Flatbush to Los Angeles -- and during the 1950s one of the three outstanding New York centerfielders who were the subject of baseball’s most intense conversation of the time: “Who’s better -- Duke Snider, Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays?” So there was baseball news and statue news, and it brought back memories of another baseball statue involving two of Snider’s teammates.