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

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

    Great book about a great player and person. The reviewer who opi

    Great book about a great player and person.
    The reviewer who opined letting Hodges in the Hall of Fame means 50 other similar players would also have
    to get in makes the same mistake younger sportswriters make. Career statistics from the 1950's, an era of big 
    parks, a raised mound, and a less lively ball are different than later statistics with the lowered mound, small
    ballparks, and a lively ball. Hodges drove in 100+ runs for 7 years at a time when only a handful of players each
     year knocked in 100 runs.
    Moreover, Hodges was arguably the finest defensive first baseman to ever play the game. He won the first 2
    gold gloves and had the award existed earlier would have won them every year he played full time.
    Combine that with his leadership on one of the great dynasties in baseball history, his managerial success,
    and that he's not in the Hall of Fame is a terrible oversight.  Hopefully the veteran's committee will remedy that
    before those of us who saw him play are gone too. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    A Great Read!

    Clavin and Peary bring a legend to life and make a strong case that Hodges should be in the Hall of Fame.

    Growing up in Flatbush in the 50's-Gil was da Man!
    Bedford Avenue to Cooperstown-can't "wait till next year."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Good guy, good book- but not HOF material

    Great job by these authors telling the story of Gil's great Brooklyn and Mets career. This is ground that has been covered before, but it is told here with great heart, and includes many new stories and anecdotes about Hodges. Gil will forever be in the hearts of Dodgers and Mets fans, but there is really no case for him to be in the MLB Hall of Fame. He was a very visible player becuase of the market he played in, but if Gil gets in based on his career, you would have to add about 50 similar players. No offense to him and his legacy, but that just doesn't make sense.

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    Posted September 14, 2012

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