Customer Reviews for

Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, the Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend

Average Rating 4
( 7 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted September 3, 2012

    I am a life-long Brooklyn Dodgers fan, and Gil Hodges was my fav

    I am a life-long Brooklyn Dodgers fan, and Gil Hodges was my favorite player. I am therefore very sorry to report that this is not a good book. It drones on incessantly with a blow-by-blow account of virtually every game that Gil's Dodgers, Senators and Mets ever played, which is largely filler that fails to compensate for the lack of sufficient insight into Hodges as a person. This was a very complicated man, very quiet yet churning up inside, and he deserves far more analysis of what made him the way he was. Not a single psychologist was consulted. The book is especially short on Hodges's wartime experiences, and very few of the people he served with were tracked down and interviewed. It remains a mystery as to how much actual combat he saw on Okinawa and how it affected him. There are also a few obvious errors -- the Dodgers won the penant in 1916, not 1915 (p. 58), and the Yankees defeated the Giants in the 1951 World Series in six games, not five (p. 132). Such sloppiness makes one wonder about the accuracy of the more obscure detail that fills up so much of the book. The authors admit that it took them only two years, which is a pretty short time to be researching such a difficult subject who personally revealed so little of himself. The chapters about Gil's early life are the only really good ones, and the final chapter analyzing why he deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame is excelllent. The rest is mostly boring filler. I hope someone eventually writes a really good, insightful biography of this extraordinary man, because this isn't it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1