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Gil Hodges
Inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame, 1982
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 47 of 981 players
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Gilbert Ray Hodges
Born: April 4, 1924 at Princeton, Ind.
Died: April 2, 1972 at West Palm Beach, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 200

Gil Hodges has been the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup 11 times, most recently on June 10, 2014.

1b Manager
Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Manager 1968 - 1971

First Mets game: April 11, 1962
Last Mets game: May 5, 1963

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Richard Kissel
One of the classiest people every to wear a baseball uniform. Gil is a personal hero. I met Don Newcombe about five years ago. He told me that he played with Gil for 7 years and never heard the guy curse once. He gave the Mets what they needed in 1969, just as he gave the Senators a boost as their manager. My own father died 7 months before Gil, so his death hit me hard. With Tony Perez in the Hall of Fame there is no reason to keep Gil out.

Metman
March 4, 2001
Gil hodges was an osam player he managed perfect in 1969 he should be the greatest manager in Mets history he took a team from bad to amazin my father use to pass by his house

Eric Kaplan
April 29, 2001
April 1962... My first major league baseball game ever. Polo Grounds... I was 5 years old. My father was all excited, hadn't been to a ballgame in years - since 57... We get there early for batting practice. My father points to the guy at first and says watch him... I watch him for a while and turn to talk to Dad... he's crying. National League Baseball back in NY. His hero playing first... I think of that game every time I go to Shea....

Gus Bumbol
May 21, 2001
Why isn't this great player and manager in the hall of fame? He was a class act and deserves the honor!

LOU S.
August 1, 2001
My 1st met game was july 14 1962. Mets vs.dodgers.it Was old timers day. The theme was the 1951 dodgers vs. The giants. Gil hodges ended the old timers game by hitting into a double play. Marv throneberry started the regular game at first base and the Mets lost 17 to 3. my other lasting memory was at the knicks playoff game on easter sunday, 1972, when before the national anthem, they asked for a moment of silence for the passing of gil hodges. I was numb. When are those old fools going to put this man in the hall of fame where he belongs

fanof41
January 24, 2002
Gil Hodges is in Heaven. So, what the hell is Cooperstown doing keeping him out of their doors?!?

harry kane
April 2, 2002
In 1972, I was nine, my family took one of those car trips to Florida from Long Island. On 3/25/72, the day before my birthday, we went to Mets camp and a game at Al Lang. I had my picture taken with Gil and he signed my baseball. By the time we got home and had the pictures developed, he had passed away. My Dad blew up the picture into a black and white poster which hangs in my office. I treasure it to this day.

Jerry The K
August 25, 2002
Gil was always my hero and when the other kids fought over who would be Mickey Mantle, I just wanted to be Gil. Lucky for me he stayed once with my sports writer cousin who got him to autograph a photo to me. Forty something years later and it's still on display. Remember Gil the Manager calling time out and walking slowly to left field to remove Cleon Jones who had failed to hustle on a fly ball! Never saw that before or since. Tough but beautiful man.

JohnB
September 2, 2002
I remember 1969. Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher was in total panic, playing every game from June on like they HAD to win. In contrast, Gil Hodges was the epitome of patience and confidence, playing every game like he KNEW they would win. Durocher burned his entire team out, trying to squeeze every drop from them (he caught Hundley in something like 160 games in 67 or 68, basically played the same 7 starters every day, patching up CF as best he could); Hodges carefully rested everyone, drawing the very best from his entire 25 man roster. It was the greatest managerial job ever, and an incredible study in managerial contrasts. I cringe every time I hear what a great manager that Durocher was. I believe that the Cubs had superior talent across the board and that the Mets had maybe the third or fourth best players in the division, but Gil made them one of the best teams ever.

Bob R.
January 7, 2003
When Gil died, I didn't realize how young he was. I was 16 at the time. Now I'm 47, the same age he was when he had his fatal heart attack, and I can't help feeling really bad that he didn't get a chance to manage another 10 or 20 years. Gil, more than any single man, turned the Mets from a joke into a contender. Right away, in his first season as manager in '68, you could see that the Mets were starting to become a team that you needed to take seriously. The next year he took a team that was less talented than many others, and brought New York a championship. He only managed the Mets for four seasons, but Gil has to rank as the team's most important manager.

rich edwards
January 13, 2003
I remember one of the few home runs he hit for the Mets was an inside the parker in the Polo Grounds that rolled way out to the left-centerfield wall. What I still can't believe is no HOF entry. This man was a dominant first baseman of his time, part of many pennant winners and when he retired he was the top righthanded HR hitter in NL history. His numbers pale compared to the cheap home runs players hit today. Today's voters don't have a clue.

rich edwards
February 26, 2003
I thought with the change in HOF voting Gil would be in, but not to be. My wish would be that he were still alive and today's voters could look him in the eye and tell him why they didn't vote for him. This man was a dominant hitter of his time and THE dominant first baseman of his time. The voters don't understand where his numbers ranked when he retired. What a shame.

Joe Figliola
February 27, 2003
Next to Vic Power, Gil was the best right-hand throwing first baseman in baseball. He was a lethal offensive threat. I also believe he is the manager with the most home runs as a player to win a World Series. If he is all that and more, then why is he not in the Hall of Fame?

Hope committee guys like Seaver can continue to push and tout Gil's solid reputation as a player and as a manager.

Oren
May 8, 2003
Even though Gil died 3 years before I was born, he is one of my favorite Mets. I love the history of this team. My high school principal was Gil's cousin. I had no idea until the week I graduated. Through my four years in high school I wrote many papers and did many projects surrounding the 1969 Mets and the week of graduation the principal called me into her office. She gave me one of his Mets jerseys, and a signed ball. She told me several stories. It's a cherished item. Apparently when I did projects on the Mets my teachers who knew she was his cousin showed her the projects.

Jim McEnroe
June 17, 2003
Gil was a great ball player, but more than that he was a great man. He had a quiet dignity about him that could be seen on the field and also felt. He had character, humbleness also. He was laid back but just a look from him was all most of the team needed. I remember a young outfielder Cleon Jones playing lacadasically in the outfield. One day Gil called time out and walked out to left field and led him off the field. He never had to do that again. I think Atlanta's Manager Bobby Cox did that many years later with his cf Andrew Jones. Gil was in charge and his players knew it.

Robert Smith
July 16, 2003
I was very fortunate to have a unique relationship with Mr. Hodges and his family through my family and myself. The Hodges family lived on the same block as we did for a few years, before they move about eight blocks away. Gil Jr. and I were in the same graduation class from Our Lady Help of Christians Grammar School in Flatbush. My cousin was in the same class as one of his daughters. Gil Jr. went to the same HS in Brooklyn as my brother (Brooklyn Prep), though different years.

Gil was a faithful Catholic man and father. He came to the 9:00 a.m. Mass every Sunday during the off season, and when he was in town with his team. In the later years, his knees prevented him from sitting in a pew. My father, who was an usher, would get a folding chair for him and place it at the end of the aisle. Since the mass was in the basement of the church, Gil would leave a few minutes early so he could get up the church stairs before the rest of the people would come up the narrow stairs.

When Gil died, the family was devastated. When we heard of the arrangements, my father and I strolled over to the church in suits. We became ushers at his wake and his funeral. We remain very proud that we were able to serve Gil and the Hodges family in this small way. It was a pleasure meeting his brother, who was as small as Gil was big.

When the Mets won it all, my father and brother and I strolled over two blocks (we had moved) to their house and just waited outside to celebrate with the family and wait for the hero to come home.

I remember like it was yesterday that my father, uncle and my brother went to Gil Hodges night at the Polo Grounds.

Choo Choo
July 17, 2003
Gil was also a funny and sarcastic guy. One time when discussing Joe Pignatano's move to Staten Island (they took turns carpooling from Brooklyn) Gil said: "I don't want to be one-way about this, but it seems to me that Piggy can continue to pick me up on his day. On my day-I think Piggy is going to have to drive himself. But I don't want to be one-way about this".

This is from a favorite book of mine by Dick Schaap and Paul Zimmerman, "The Year the METS Lost Last Place".

Mr. Topps
February 11, 2004
THIS SHOULD BE ON GIL HODGES HALL OF FAME PLAQUE

Gilbert Ray Hodges

Brooklyn, NL 1943, 1947-1957 LA, NL 1958-1961 New York, NL 1962-1963

Known as the "miracle worker" when he managed the NY Mets to the world championship in 1969. The first seven seasons the Mets never finished higher then ninth place. 7 times 100+ RBI's in a season. 11 years in a row with over 20 home runs. 8 time all star. 14 grand slams. 3 time gold glove winner. Hit 4 home runs in a game against Braves. Hit the first Mets home run.

P.S. Gil has more home runs (370) than Hall members: Kiner 369 DiMaggio 361 Mize 359 Berra 358 Greenberg 331 Carter 324 Al Simmons 307

Gil Hodges should be in the Hall of Fame!

Feat Fan
June 14, 2004
No HOF???? One of the bigger injustices of b-ball.

Once said: "There are only two kinds of managers. Winning managers and ex-managers".

He was nothing but a winner.

Kiwiwriter
September 15, 2004
The best manager the Mets ever had. Period.

He oozed authority and class. Players didn't pull stunts on him. If they tried, he came down with both feet. Without screaming and yelling. Just the calm authority of an imposing man who had been there. Everybody respected Gil.

Joe Torre reminds me a lot of him -- the same calmness, the same strength, the same lengthy record as a player through good times and bad.

He should be in the Hall. But I'd rather he hadn't died so early. That was a tragedy.

johnnyd
December 21, 2004
I was playong "Strat-a-Matic" (remember that baseball game?) with my cousin Joseph and we were listening to the radio and heard the story that Gil Hodges had just died. Even though I was 9 years old, I still remember that day clearly. What can you say about his managerial and playing skills? Great all around guy. If the Mets had hired managers like him over the years instead of the likes of Torborg, Harrelson, Howe and Green (sounds like a law firm) maybe the Mets history would have been more successful.

Jonathan Stern
February 7, 2005
Given 1969 and the unspeakable tragedy of three seasons later, it is sometimes forgotten that Hodges had actually lost control of the team by 1971. There were scuffles behind the scenes and too many players were behaving in there own selfish interests. There was no sequel to the Miracle, and Hodges deserved at least some share of the blame for that. In addition, there are those who claim that it was Hodges, desperate for an everyday third baseman, who insisted on the trades for Foy and Fregosi. Much though we love Le Grande Orange, the trade for Staub (we gave up Ken Singleton, Tim Foli, and Mike Jorgenson to get him) was, on the whole, a bad one. Hodges reportedly urged that one, too.

It is possible that Hodges might have lost his job in 1972. Had he not passed on during Spring Training, of course. Maybe the stress of managing the 1970 and 1971 Mets caused Hodges to start smoking again. His widow's last words to him: "Watch the cigarettes."

This is not to denigrate the man's legacy. I mention these things merely to help complete the picture. I have no actual memory of him, but clearly he was a great, great man. One of the last of the Gary Cooper types, in and out of the game. He should be in the Hall of Fame as a MANAGER, just for 1969 alone. Of course, he should also be in as a player, as we all know. I love that 1969 team so much even though I wasn't born yet, and I still don't know how Hodges did it. No wonder Brooklyn named the Marine Parkway Bridge after him.

Someone above mentioned Hodge's dry wit. Here's another example, from a 1969 press conference:

Reporter: I can't stand the quiet. Hodges: I can't either. But I can't leave.

Jeff Hodges
February 12, 2005
Mets fans. My father once told me "Mets fans are proof hell is full and the dead are walking the earth". 1969 broke his heart. As a die hard Cub fan I hate to admit it-you guys just had a better team. Super pitching and timely hitting. Really hurts that a Hodges lead you to the promised land.

Mark Stewart
March 8, 2005
I was very surprised that Gil did not make it into the Hall this year—all the stars finally seemed to be aligned.

I had the pleasure of being a friend and classmate of Grace (Gigi) Hodges at the time the Mets went on their remarkable championship run, and it was a thrilling thing at the age of 9 to enjoy that personal connection.

I am now a sportwriter, and that 1969 season had a lot to do with my career choice. My company has posted the comprehensive biography we prepared in anticipation of Gil's enshrinement on our web site, www.JockBio.com.

Enjoy everyone...and wait 'til next year!

rich edwards
March 9, 2005
Well the old timers missed the boat again, so here is my last argument for his Hall of Fame admission: Consider this - when Gil hit his last home run it put him in 10th place all time and FIRST place for NL right handed hitters. He was the dominant first baseman of his era. Raphael Palmiero is currently 10th place all time. Anyone think he won't make it? What a joke.

Jonathan Stern
July 10, 2005
Gil Hodges began the 1969 spring training season with words to live by: "Losing is not funny. It's a sickness."

Bob R
July 13, 2005
When you look at what Hodges had to work with in 1969, that may be one of the greatest managerial performances ever. True, they had a great pitching staff, but the rest of the team was mediocre. He did a brilliant job of platooning, and most of all instilling a desire to win and a belief in his players that they could win. To go from 73 wins in '68 to 100 wins in '69 was simply remarkable. Davey Johnson won more games in '86 but he had a far superior roster than Hodges had.

Howie
July 16, 2005
Gil Hodges used to go to a local barber shop near the junior high school I attended. A number of times we watched him as he got his haircut. He was always friendly to us; gave autographs and chatted for a while.

Once our temple was having Ron Swoboda appear at a function. Guess what - he never showed up. Gil Hodges was called and was told about the situation. (About 100 kids waiting for Swoboda.) Hodges came right over and appeared and signed autographs for everyone.

When he passed away, I went over to the church to pay my respects. I remember walking by his casket. He had the largest hands that I ever saw on a person.

Metfanforlife
October 28, 2005
To this day, you will only hear Tom Seaver refer to him as "Mr. Hodges." That tells you something about the measure of respect the players had for this man.

My mom, a Brooklyn Dodger fan, always spoke of him in reverent tones. I knew him only as the Met manager, but he seemed larger than life. Too bad he wasn't around for a lot longer.

Gil Munn
November 23, 2005
I was 9 years old in 1969 but I remember that year well. What fun it was. Gil would have loved the 1986 series as those 2 World Series showed why baseball is so great. My Dad was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan obviously from what he named me. I went to Cooperstown a few years ago and at that time there was a lot of Gil Hodges in the Hall of Fame. Let's hope it becomes official one day!

MetsFan1968
July 21, 2006
In 1970, the year after the Mets won the World Series, my uncle took me to see them play a single game against the Houston Astros on Memorial Day at Shea. It was a huge deal to see a ballgame on a national holiday back then. It was also the first time I sat in the field box section. To me, it was the Holy Land.

I remember when we entered the ballpark and took our seats, the Mets were taking batting practice, and there was Gil Hodges with a glove on, taking ground balls at third base right in front of me. He looked like he was having fun, smiling, pointing to his guys taking BP, and tagging players with the ball as they ran past him at 3rd.

I was 14 when Gil died. Even as Manager, he was one of my favorite Mets and I remember being stunned and saddened. I remember the whole tri-state area being stunned and saddened. I'm glad he managed that '69 club. He proved Leo wrong: nice guys DON'T finish last.

Jamey Bumbalo
November 1, 2006
From all accounts Gil Hodges was a classy man, a fine ballplayer, and at least with the Mets, a very good manager. He deserves all the accolades. But I have to disagree that he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Yes, he had seven to nine great years with the Dodgers, but only twice did he bat above .300 (and then just barely: .302 and .304), he hit .198 in 1960, and after 1959 his production dropped badly. I don't think half a great career (nine excellent seasons out of a career of 18 seasons) makes a player a Hall of Famer. I know I'm in the minority here. Anyway, I clearly remember the day he died; I was watching WOR when the station broke for the sad news that Hodges had died. Yes, he was a fine player and a wonderful man, but he wasn't quite a Hall of Famer.

Kielbasa
November 8, 2006
Gil Hodges certainly has the qualifications to be in the HOF. It is a disgrace that he's not. I'm told a NY writer is responsible for keeping Gil out.

He is without question, a Hall of Famer!

Feat Fan
September 20, 2007
I grew up in Brooklyn but my dad was a die hard NY GIANTS fan. Circa 1961, he had a pinochle game at the house with three big looking guys. Turned out it was Hodges, Furillo and Dolph Camilli. My father introduced them as nice guys for bums. Hodges had a set of hands that looked like hams and arms like tree trunks, at least to this 7 year old. Was at a Knicks-Celtics playoff game on April 2nd when John Condon announced the passing over the PA in MSG. Terribly young age and a total omission by HOF voters.

tony s
September 22, 2007
Back in late 40's/early 50's I was coming out of an altar boys' meeting at Our Lady of Refuge Parish on Ocean and Foster Aves in Flatbush with some of my friends. It was a sunny warm early morning. All of a sudden we spotted PeeWee, Gil, Spider Jorgenson, and Dick Whitman exiting from a small apt. house across the street from OLR on their way to Ebbets Field for a Day Game...remember them? We made a mad dash for the 4 of them...and they graciously waited till we got pencils/pens and paper for autographs. In my haste to get #14's autograph, I broke a pencil point off into the palm of my hand...it remains there to this day, while I have no idea of the whereabouts of the original autograph. That splinter is my most prized Brooklyn Dodger "souvenir"!

Hank M
October 1, 2007
My earliest memory of Gil was, unfortunately, the day he died. It was on Easter Sunday and, that night, my dad and I were listening to the Knicks' playoff game (which, by the way, was against the Baltimore Bullets, not the Celtics as indicated above.) After that game, Dad continued to listen, found out about Gil and told me the sad news. For a kid who was still new to the sports world, that was one rotten Easter egg!

Witz
October 1, 2008
The Veterans Committee is meeting soon to possibly elect a couple of "old timers" to the Hall of Fame. For some reason, I feel like he is going to get in this time. If Torre gets in too, then two of the best Mets managers will go in together--oh wait, I forgot Torre didn't become a "genius" until after he left the Mets, Braves and Cardinals.

Interesting to note on Gil's stats page that he hit 2 homers in a game once for the Mets--against the Dodgers. Anyone here have any memories of that game?

Good luck Gil, I hope this is your year.

Clinton Macgowan
October 13, 2008
I remember Gil more as a Brooklyn Dodger, the team I grew up with. Gil went into one of the most horrendous batting slumps ever toward the end of the 1952 season. It followed him through the World Series that year (he went hitless in 7 games), and into the early part of the 1953 season. But the fans never booed him, in fact they gave him a standing ovation each time he came to bat. He eventually pulled out of the slump, and went on to drive in both runs of game 7 of the 1955 World Series, leading the Dodgers to their first, and only, Brooklyn World Series win. He was a classy fielder around first base, too. I remember one game I attended with my father, when someone hit a line drive so hard, I only heard the crack of the bat followed by the slap of the ball into Gil's mitt. After catching the ball, he calmly walked over to touch first base, doubling off the runner who had left on contact, and end the inning. I was sitting close enough to him to see the sly grin on his face!

As a Met, he's remembered as the manager of the 1969 Miracle Mets, leading them to their unlikely World Series championship that year. But above all, he's remembered as one of the most decent people ever to play the game. Tom Seaver's tribute to Gil before throwing the "last pitch" at Shea Stadium during the closing ceremonies brought tears to my eyes. Gil belongs in Cooperstown for so many reasons. Here's hoping he gets there soon.

Bob P
October 17, 2008
Witz,

I was at that doubleheader but because I was just seven years old I don't have any real memories of it. Thanks to the NY Times Archives, I can tell you that Gil actually hit three homers that day, May 30, 1962. it was a Memorial Day doubleheader at the Polo Grounds and it was the first appearance of the Los Angeles Dodgers in New York since they moved from Brooklyn five years earlier. And it was the Dodgers' first game at the Polo Grounds since they played the Giants there on September 8, 1957.

Gil homered in game one off Sandy Koufax (unfortunately the Mets were already behind, 10-0 in the fourth inning).

In game two, Gil added two more homers, both off Johnny Podres. Gil's first homer in game two brought the Mets to within 3-2, and his second gave them a (temporary) 4-3 lead. Despite pulling off a triple play in the sixth inning of game two, the Mets lost the game late, 6-5.

The three homers tied Gil with Ralph Kiner for tenth on the all-time list with 369 homers. Gil would hit only one more home run in his career, and that one moved him past Kiner and into sole possession of ninth place. Gil's final home run came off future Met Ray Sadecki on July 6, 1962.

Just to put that in perspective: as I write this, Gil is currently in 68th place overall. What a difference 46 years make!

Witz
December 8, 2008
Bob, great story. With today's media coverage a day like that, with all the other stories going on, would never be forgotten, or lost to history.

On a "sad" note, the veretans committee just announced that only Joe Gordon is getting in, so no Hall for Gil.

Frank Moreno
December 11, 2008
Like many who have written, I consider Gil my hero. I was fortunate enough to see him as both a Brooklyn Dodger and a New York Met. To this day, a shelf in my office is dedicated to him; photos, glove, books by and about him, and baseball cards.

I noticed a comment from a Joe Bum..... sometime ago, saying he didn't believe Gil was HOF material. He reviewed some of the more well known stats (BA, home run totals, etc.) but thought they fell short of greatness. He took no time to study the era and how dominant Gil Hodges stood in his time. He also failed to note that Gil is one of only fifteen players to hit four home runs in one game. Neither Ruth, Aaron or Bonds is part of this club. At the time, he was only the second player to do this in a nine-inning game - the other, Lou Gehrig.

Our man also hit for the cycle and the list of those who have accomplished both these feats is very short.

I guess there aren't enough of us who know the man for what he truly was, on and off the field. A consummate professional and a gentleman. There's no category in the record books for that - and baseball is poorer for it.

Feat Fan
December 14, 2008
C'mon, if this legend doesn't belong in the HOF, how does Mazeroski? In 1963 my dad was hosting a card game in our Brooklyn home around Thanksgiving. He introduced me to three friends but called them Bums, meaning Brooklyn Dodgers. They were Carl (Furillo) Dolph (Camilli) and Gil (Hodges). Wish I knew that I was in the company of greatness in my humble home but I was barely 8.

Jamey Bumbalo
December 14, 2008
Frank Moreno recently posted a reference to my opinion posted 11/1/06 that Gil Hodges does not belong in the Hall of Fame, alluding to me as "Joe Bum." Disagree with my opinion if you will, but there is no need to make fun of my name.

As Mr. Moreno wrote, Gil Hodges is regarded as "a consummate professional and a true gentleman." He was also a very good ballplayer.

But I believe that the Hall of Fame should be reserved for the all-time greats, not the nice men and the very good players. The category of greatest players of all time does not include Gil Hodges. Obviously, this argument is the reason for the various veterans committees and the feeling that a player like Bill Mazeroski isn't truly deserving of Hall of Fame status.

Mic hael Telford
January 17, 2010
I remember my mother letting me stay home 'sick' from school in October, 1969 just I could watch the World Series games. Even though I was not quite 8 years old, as an avid baseball fan who followed her beloved Indians by radio from Southern Ontario in the 40s and 50s, she knew how important it was that the Mets were in the post season...much more important than missing a few days of school.

Gil Hodges to this day represents everything I have always loved about the Mets and still love. He was the epitome of integrity and professionalism and managed during a time of counterculture anti-establishment that transcended to all facets of American life, including professional sports. He kept his team focused, prepared and determined to be the best on and off the field they could be. To me he was a true example of a sports hero and when discussing Mets baseball with friends and family I have consistently referred to Gil Hodges as one of the very best role models that professional sports has ever seen. Of all my many Mets prized collectibles, my very favorite is a 1970 Topps autographed Gil Hodges that I have displayed along with 19 other 1970 Topps Mets players autographed cards.

His place in the HOF is long overdue and if people like Phil Rizzuto and Bill Maseroski can make it (thanks to cronyism more than deserving talent) then Gil Hodges should have been there 30+ years ago.

Lu
June 16, 2010
I definitely agree Gil Hodges should be in the Hall of Fame and is long overdue for that honor. His integrity and character are beyond reproach. His stats as a Dodger First Baseman and Mets manager should also qualify him for the Hall. So what is the Vets Committee waiting for???

Mike Adkins
October 6, 2010
First major league game, June 1956, Crosley Field. Gil Hodges hit a home run off the foul pole in left field to lead the Dodgers to victory. I had a baseball hero. Followed him his whole playing career and his managerial career with the Mets. It's a travesty that he has not been elected to the Hall of Fame. Veterans Committee look up "class" in the dictionary...there will be a picture of Gil Hodges.

Charlie McDermott
January 11, 2011
In answer to Lu, What is the Veterans Committee waiting for? They're waiting for Mrs. Hodges to pass on so that the induction could be truly meaningless. This man has deserved to be in the HOF for years. Mrs Hodges and her family have had her hopes dashed for almost 40 years. No I don't know the lady or her family personally but I remember the day Gil died (I was 16) and how the family has carried itself all these years. Others of lesser stature have been elected to the HOF but Gil hasn't?

It is said that one NY writer has said that Gil will never be elected as long as he is alive. What a miserable human being. Let me state now for all the world to read-The Veterans Committee are nothing but cowards to allow this to continue-and if the Veterans Committee doesn't like it I would be willing to meet any or all of them at any gym or health club of their choice. I'll even leave my cane at home, so it will be a FAIR fight. Sincerely, Charlie McDermott

chriswilliams
February 3, 2011
I met him when he was on his way into Shea for a Sunday game. I shook his hand and said, "Hi Gil!" He looked at me, smiled and said good morning! I was 14 years old when he died. I felt I lost a family member.

David Nagel
March 25, 2011
I remember going to an afternoon Met game in 1968 as a 14 year old, and waiting outside the Diamond Club for about three hours after the game for autographs. There were about ten of us left waiting when Gil came out. He signed everyone's paper and chatted with us for a while. Ralph Kiner came out and Gil called him over to sign for us and the two of them spoke with us for about 15 minutes. It really made us feel great.

Next out was Ed Kranepool. He told us to get lost.

That made me appreciate Gil Hodges even more.

Shickhaus Franks
February 26, 2013
With the recent controversy where NO ONE got into Cooperstown this year, this would have been the perfect year for Gil to get his just due. Sure he was somewhat overshadowed by Jackie, Pee Wee, Duke etc but he was a great first baseman on offense and defense!!! Btw, Gil ISN'T in (yet) but the Baseball Hall of Shame has in the past inducted the head of the New England KKK (Tom Yawkey), a guy with wet fingers (Gaylord Perry), and a alcoholic who could probably drink both Keith Moon and Jon Bonham under the table (Grover Cleveland Alexander). Cmon, Veterans Committee of the BBWAA, his widow Joan isn't getting any younger and in 2014 you will right a wrong and induct Gil and I'll betcha at that ceremony Tom Seaver will be super emotional and then some. Plus he's one of a handful of baseball guys that have won World Series as a player and manager along with Lou Pinella, Billy Martin, Casey Stengel, Mike Scoscia etc.

Joe Barrelli
March 12, 2013
My dad was sick in St Mary's Hospital, Brooklyn in Oct. 1959. He was told that Gil was also there as a patient. When Gil found out that dad was dying he gave him a ball and wrote, "Joe, this is one game we will win." I have that ball today, signed by Gil. Dad and Gil are now buried in the same Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn.

RF Mojica
August 29, 2013
When Hodges came to the Mets in 1968, I was 6 years old and first starting to know anything about baseball. I went to my first game that year and came home with a Mets Yearbook. The cover cartoon of Hodges (I'd guess drawn by Bruce Stark) really impressed me. I didn't even know who Gil Hodges was. I held on to that yearbook for years, then it disappeared, much to my distress. You know how they say somethings you remember exactly where you were when you heard about them. I remember when Hodges died, it was Easter and we were at a cousin's house. A lot of old NY baseball fans there, Yankees, Giants and Dodgers fans all talking about Gil. I remember thinking, "well he was an old man" because I was just a kid. Later came to realize he wasn't even 50 years old. What a shame. You wonder what would have happened with the Mets in the mid to late 70s had Hodges lived.

Does anyone remember a Gil Hodges Baseball board game? Probably came out around 1970. I had it and have looked for it all over the internet, even just to find out some info, but can't find a thing. I remember liking the game very much, but now wonder if I just imagined it.

Old Fashioned Met
September 6, 2013
RF Mojica, the game to which you probably refer was called "Gil Hodges' Pennant Fever." It came out in 1970 and had a picture of Gil on the cover of the box. I don't remember the game myself, but I did a search that led me to boardgamegeek.com and found a little info on it. Check it out for yourself. Good luck!









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