It's a disgrace!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

It's a disgrace!

Gil Hodges 1951 Bowman Baseball Card

I'm both furious at Major League Baseball's Golden Era Committee and tremendously sad that once again Gil Hodges was shamefully refused a spot in Cooperstown!

He sure as hell earned it during a playing career that spanned from 1943 to 1963 with two years out for service in World War II where he saw combat in the Pacific, earn­ing a Bronze Star.

Hodges own star shined brightest throughout the '50s when he was not only one of "The Boys of Summer," but led all Major League players in Runs Batted In that decade with 1001, and finished his career with 1274.

An eight-time All-Star and a perennial finisher in the top 20 voter-getters for National League Most Valuable Player, he was a Rawlings Gold Glove Award-winner as a First Baseman the first three years it was established, and in 1957, the first year it was presented, he was considered the best at his position for all 16 Major League teams!

His 370 career Home Runs were the most by a right-handed hitter at the time of his retirement in 1963, one more than Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, so what's the problem with his Hodges Cooperstown credentials?

But I've made this case and asked this question before... probably will again.


1. Max Mascia said...

Even as a diehard Yankees fan, I couldn't agree more!

The genuine old-timers know! Thanks, Max.

2. EastEnd68 said...

I'll never understand what he did to get passed over. I know growing up he was considered the best at his position for many years.

Other than fact that he died relatively young, I don't know either. He and Roy Campanella were the anchors of "The Boys of Summer."

3. Ronnie said...

Who is on the Golden Era Committee that has some type of problem with Gil Hodges? It seems there is a dislike for the man who truly deserves to be inducted and what does the fact he died young have to do with the decision? I am a long time Brooklyn Dodgers fan who has been to Ebbets Field many times and I am thoroughly disgusted.

Me, too, Ronnie!

My reference to Hodges dying relatively young has to do with the appalling lack of institutional knowledge of baseball during the era of "The Boys of Summer" by members of the Golden Era Committee.

4. EastEnd68 said...

Gil should have been elected years ago as a regular inductee.

I concur... not on his first year, but sometime during his 15-year term of regular eligibility.

Tony Perez, with comparable stats, made it on his ninth try... but he made it!

This is a disgraceful omission! Where would Snider, Campanella, Robinson and Reese have been without Hodges driving them in on a regular basis?
– Dean

5. Hampton west said...

As a NY Giants fan, this guy killed us!!!

I recall all those radio broadcasts with Russ Hodges saying "Hodges swings and it's down the line."

We also seem be overlooking his managerial skills with both the Senators and the Mets.

The guy, yuk!, a Dodger, was a hell of a player. And manager. Get him in the Hall.

What he accomplished with the 1969 Mets was, of course, "miraculous," but he should be in the players wing at Cooperstown.

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