Russell Henry Snyder (born June 22, 1934) is an American former Major League Baseball player, an outfielder for the Kansas City Athletics (1959–60), Baltimore Orioles (1961–67), Chicago White Sox (1968), Cleveland Indians (1968–69) and Milwaukee Brewers (1970). He batted left-handed, threw right-handed and was listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 190 pounds (86 kg). He was born in Oak, Nebraska.
Snyder's professional baseball career began in 1953 in the New York Yankees' organization, when he led the Class D Sooner State League in batting average (.432) and hits (240). He played in the Yankee organization through 1958, and was traded to Kansas City on April 12, 1959, in a four-player deal. The Orioles acquired him in a seven-player trade in January 1961.
He helped the Orioles win the 1966 World Series. In a 2013 retrospective on Snyder's time with the Orioles, the Baltimore Sun called him the "unsung hero of the '66 Series" and "a sharp-fielding outfielder ... whose glove served the team down the stretch" of the 1966 American League pennant race. In the September 22nd game that year versus the Athletics, Snyder made a diving catch to end the game and clinch the pennant for the Orioles. Then, in the World Series opening game, "he saved two Dodgers runs with a dramatic lunging catch of John Roseboro's sinking liner" in centerfield, the Sun said.
He finished third in voting for the 1959 American League Rookie of the Year Award for playing in 73 games, with 243 at bats, 41 runs scored, 76 hits, 13 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 runs batted in, six stolen bases, 19 walks, a .313 batting average, .367 on-base percentage, .420 slugging percentage, along with 102 total bases and 3 sacrifice hits. In 1962, Snyder's .305 batting average led the Orioles that year and in 1966, his .347 batting average at the All-Star break led the American League.
Overall, in 12 MLB seasons, he played in 1,365 games and had 3,631 at bats, 488 runs scored, 984 hits, 150 doubles, 29 triples, 42 home runs, 319 RBI, 58 stolen bases, 294 walks, with a .271 batting average, .325 on-base percentage, .363 slugging percentage, and 1,318 total bases, 57 sacrifice hits, 23 sacrifice flies and 10 intentional walks.
Following his retirement from baseball, Snyder worked in soil conservation. He and his wife Ann (who died in 2002 after 47 years of marriage) had three children. As of 2013, Snyder makes his home in Nelson, Nebraska.
Snyder at Camden Yards in 2016
|Born: June 22, 1934|
|April 18, 1959, for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 30, 1970, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||319|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Hansen was born in Oxford, Nebraska on April 5, 1938, and moved with his family to Albany, California when he was age 2. He was a three-sport star in baseball, basketball and football at Albany High School where he graduated in 1955. He signed with the Orioles on April 7, 1956 after declining a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley.A case of sciatica forced him to miss the entire 1957 season, costing him his first chance to make the Orioles. His major-league debut came in a 6–1 win over the Washington Senators in the 1958 season opener at Memorial Stadium on April 15. His first hit in the majors was a single to center field off Pedro Ramos in the sixth inning of another season-opening victory over the Senators in the same ballpark two years later on April 19, 1960. Between the two milestones, he appeared in only 14 games in the majors and established an Orioles record among position players by going hitless in his first 25 at-bats to begin his career with the ballclub.
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