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 of the Mid-Atlantic League. Obtained by the New York Yankees in 1947, he played for them during five minor league seasons before being traded to Washington along 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.
On July 18, 1955, Snyder participated in five double plays at second base to tie a then major league record. He also played in the Venezuelan league and appeared in the 1959 Caribbean Series.
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.
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".
By Dean Hanley
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