Legendary baseball Hall of Famer Edward "Duke" Snider died on Sunday. He was 84 years of age. The Associated Press, courtesy of espn.com, has the story, below.

ESPN commentator Gary Thorne (L) interviews Hall of Famer Duke Snider (R) at the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on July 31, 2005 at the Clark Sports Complex in Cooperstown, New York.


To his mother, he was Ed. To everyone else, he was "The Duke of Flatbush" -- revered by a borough of baseball fans and forever remembered in a song that romanticized a most golden era.

Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed "Boys of Summer" who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died Sunday. He was 84.

Snider died at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif., according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which announced the death on behalf of the family. Snider had been ill for months. His family said he died of natural causes.