Gil Hodges (#14) deserves to be in the Baseball Hall Of Fame. What qualifies a ballplayer as a potential candidate?
“Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.” That perfectly describes the Indiana-born catcher-turned-infielder to a tee. Rock solid, consistent, and dependable as a glove man on firstbase.
Surely he is most famous for going hitless (0-for-21, 5 walks) during the 1952 World Series while with the Brooklyn Dodgers but he did win the World Series twice — once as a player (Dodgers, 1955) and once as a manager (Mets, 1969).
He batted .273 lifetime, smacked 1921 hits, struck 370 home runs and drove in 1274 runs batted in over an eighteen-year career.
Come on, baseball establishment. It’s time to give this former marine his due.