Monday, December 6, 2021

Finally - Gil Hodges is Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

 There is always some prejudice as to why some players are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame while others who are worthy are denied that honor.  Gil Hodges played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 1950s before this era of analytics.  He finished his playing career for the New York Mets in 1962 and 1963.  He appeared in 8 All-Star games and won the Gold Glove Award for first basemen 3 times.  His statistics are detailed in Baseball-Reference.

His biggest accomplishment was turning the New York Mets from perennial losers to World Champions in 1969.  His wife Joan survives him almost 50 years after his untimely passing in 1972.  To use an old cliche, better late than never.  Certainly, many of the living 1969 Mets will be at the induction ceremony next summer.

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