Gil Hodges was dominant during the decade of the 1950s
Only teammate Duke Snider hit more than Hodges 310 homers in the 50s. The Brooklyn duo also finished 1 and 2 in RBI for the decade. Hodges appeared in 5 World Series during in the 1950s, coming away with a ring in 1955.
In 1960, Hodges broke Ralph Kiner‘s NL record for career homers by right-handed hitter. Hodges finished his career with 370 home runs.
The first baseman was also a fine fielder. Hodges led the NL in double plays four times, and in putouts, assists, and fielding percentage thrice each. At the time of his retirement, he had the second most assists and double plays in NL history.
Shown here is a picture of Hodges listening to a young Vin Scully. The greatest baseball story-teller, Scully has added his signature to the photo.
Among Scully’s personal favorites were Giants Mel Ott, and Willie Mays. Going back to Brooklyn, Hodges ranked near the top. Scully was clear throughout the years in his belief that Hodges belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Notice what appears to be a 1955 World Series ring on Scully’s finger. Hodges, seated to Scully’s left, is wearing a Brooklyn hat, dating the photo either 1956 or 1957 the last season in Brooklyn.
Scully signed this photo in his final season as Dodger broadcaster. His hand appears to have grown less steady as evidenced by the penmanship.
I truly think that he should have already been in the hall.
He should have been elected to the HOF many, many years ago. It needs to be done in 2021!!!!!!!!!
No doubt, a hall of famer!Could he play first base on your team for a decade or more??? H…….M?Was he a base stealer?He could do every thing else.
Gil Hodges should be in the hall of fame. I believe he batted 4th behind Duke Snider, after Duke batted there wasn’t much left to drive in but look what he did.