|Shortstop / Second baseman|
July 21, 1929 |
|May 8, 1952, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 10, 1958, for the Washington Senators|
|Runs batted in||47|
Gerald George Snyder (born July 21, 1929 in Jenks, Oklahoma) is an American former infielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Washington Senators from 1952 to 1958. Listed at 6 feet (1.8 m), 170 pounds (77 kg), he batted and threw right-handed.
Snyder started his career in 1946 with the Niagara Falls Frontiers of the Class C Middle Atlantic League. Obtained by the New York Yankees in 1947, he played for their farm teams during five minor league seasons. He was still a member of the Triple-A Kansas City Blues when he was traded to Washington on May 3, 1952, along with Jackie Jensen, Spec Shea and Archie Wilson in the same transaction that brought Irv Noren and Tom Upton to the Yankees.
While in Washington, Snyder provided a solid infield support for Pete Runnels, Herb Plews and Eddie Yost, playing mainly at shortstop. His most productive season came in 1954, when he posted career-numbers in games (64), runs (17) and RBI (17), while hitting .234 (36-for-154). In 1956 he batted a career-high .270 with two home runs and 14 RBI.
In a seven-season career, Snyder was a .230 hitter (145-for-630) with three home runs and 47 RBI in 266 games, including 60 runs, 18 doubles, two triples and seven stolen bases. He played 15 professional seasons, through 1961, and spent part of his final campaign as player-manager of the Macon Peaches of the Double-A Southern Association.
Snyder's 1957 Topps card actually featured former catcher and coach Ed Fitz Gerald. In 2006, Snyder would sign reprints of the card inserted in commemorative packs with his name and the phrase, "This isn't me".