The Giants were losing to the Dodgers 4-2 in Los Angeles last weekend when, with one runner on base and no one out in the ninth inning, Duke Snider, that old Dodger in a Giant uniform, came to bat. Snider had come to the Giants by way of the Mets, who had bought him from the Dodgers last year. Snider did little to help the Mets, and this spring he made it quite clear he wanted out. "I'd like to be with a contender," he said. Obligingly, the Mets sold him to San Francisco, and the Duke hustled onto a jet as he had not hustled all through spring training. Few Mets wept—"he dogged it while he was on our club," said Tracy Stallard—but out in Los Angeles, Dodger General Manager Buzzie Bavasi turned purple. The Mets, he felt, should have given the Dodgers a chance to buy Snider back. "I don't feel Snider's going to the Giants will change the complexion of the pennant race," Bavasi yelled, "but I'm burned up on principle."
Indeed, Snider did little during his first few weeks in San Francisco except get a crew cut. But last Saturday night, playing against the Dodgers, Snider regained his touch. Early in the game he came up with a single, his first in 13 tries as a Giant. And then in the ninth inning, with one man on and no outs, Snider hit the first pitch for a home run off Joe Moeller to tie the game. The Giants won three innings later 5-4. Watching it all from his box seat, Buzzie Bavasi turned purple all over again.