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Jerry Snyder, an infielder, started out in pro ball in the New York Yankees organization in 1947. He had five solid minor league seasons from 1947 to 1951. He hit .302 for the Quincy Gems of the class B Three I League in his second season of pro ball. In 1951 with the Beaumont Exporters of the Texas League and the Kansas City Blues of the American Association, he hit .290 in a combined season.

On May 3, 1952 he was traded by the Yankees along with Jackie Jensen, Spec Shea and Archie Wilson to the Washington Senators for Irv Noren and Tom Upton. Snyder would spend his entire seven-year major league career, 1952 through 1958, with the Senators. He hit for a .339 average in 1953 season and wound up his major league run with a .230 average in 266 games.

During the years he appeared in the majors, Jerry also spent considerable time in the minors. He hit .307 for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern Association in 1953; with the same club in 1955, he hit at a .344 clip in 54 games. Also, in 1958, he managed a .312 average for the Miami Marlins of the International League. Jerry spent three more years in pro ball (1959-1961), all with AA and AAA teams and finished up his 12-season minor league career with a .289 average in 4,277 plate appearances.

In 1961 Snyder tried his luck as player-manager with the Macon Peaches of the Southern Association. He was the second of two managers and the Peaches finished up the season with a 75-79 record, for a fifth-place finish, 16 games back. Jerry played in 102 games and hit for a .309 average

Snyder's 1957 Topps baseball card actually featured Ed Fitz Gerald. In 2006, he would sign reprints of the card inserted in packs with his name and "This isn't me".

Snyder, who attended Oklahoma City University, has been the owner of the Texas Plumbing Supply Company in Houston, TX and as of last notice was retired in Pearland, TX.

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