George grew up in the City of Brotherly Love with four brothers. His marriage to German immigrant Catherine “Katie” Myer began in 1872. Their family was completed with the birth of four who would be brothers to each other. George worked in the building trades before he began a 30-year career as a police officer in 1875.
It was much easier to break into professional baseball in the early days, as George discovered when he tried out for the team known as the Athletics in 1882 during their first season in the newly formed American Association league. Baseball records show he was a pitcher, playing under the guidance of player/manager George “Juice” Latham. It was good he didn’t quit his day job because he only pitched one game, the last of the season, on September 30 against the Baltimore Orioles. Philadelphia won the game 6 to 3. The Athletics ended the season in third place, the Orioles ended the season in last place, and George ended his brief athletic career.
The Snyders spent the next 20 years on Parrish Street just south of Girard College. If Katie hadn’t died in 1903 she probably would have been glad to see George join a Policemen’s baseball league the following year. But it was during a hot summer game in 1905 that George overdid it and his heart gave out a short time later.
George’s sons buried him with his wife by the bridge over Cobbs Creek in Section 21.