Dodgers remembering the Duke

The Los Angeles Dodgers will wear a patch this season in memory of Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider and will host a celebration of his life on Aug. 9 at Dodger Stadium.

The memorial patch, will feature Snider’s uniform No. 4 and will be worn on the Dodgers’ home, road and alternate Brooklyn uniforms at every 2011 game. Snider’s uniform number was retired on July 6, 1980 and is one of just 10 retired numbers in franchise history.

Snider passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 84.

The last time the Dodgers wore a memorial patch on the team’s uniforms was in 2000 in memory of Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese. Other memorial patches worn by the Dodgers were done so in tribute to Jim Gilliam (1978), coach Don McMahon (1987), Tim Crews (1993) and a combination patch for Hall of Famers Don Drysdale and Roy Campanella, who passed away within a week of one another in 1993.