Gil Hodges

1924 - 1972

Eight-time All-Star Gil Hodges was an outstanding first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers who, when he retired in early 1963 after being a charter member of the hapless New York Mets (who lost a record 120 games in their inaugural season of 1962), was #10 all-time on the career home run list with 370 circuit clouts. Though a worthy candidate, he has perpetually fallen short of enshrinement in the baseball Hall of Fame, despite serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, which . Hodges perhaps is best known as the manager of the "Miracle Mets" who beat the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles to win the 1969 World Series.Hodges was the top first baseman in the National League during the 1950s, winning three Gold Gloves as a fielder and batting in 100 or more runs seven times. He appeared on seven pennant winning teams with the Dodgers from 1947 to 1959, winning two World Series (in 1955, when the team was in Brooklyn, and in 1959, when the team was in Los Angeles). Named to eight All-S

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