Sign Petition

Gil Hodges Belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame

3,590 Signatures Goal: 4,000

We support the election of Gil Hodges to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is fully qualified under every one of the criteria set forth in the Hall’s own rules:

“Voting shall be based on player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”

Gil Hodges was the premier first baseman in the National League during the Golden Era. He was an outstanding fielder, winning the first three Gold Gloves ever awarded in his final three seasons as a full-time regular. He was a dominant power hitter, topping twenty home runs for eleven consecutive seasons, and he totaled thirty or more homers in six of those years. He was an eight-time All Star. His on-the-field performance was a major factor in seven pennants and two World Championships during his fourteen seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was second in both home runs and runs batted in for the National League during the 1950s, was tenth on the all-time home run list at the close of his final full season, and in third place among right-handed batters.

His career totals might have been even more impressive had he not spent three years in the Pacific with the U.S. Marines during World War II, where he earned the Bronze Star, which is awarded for acts of heroism or meritorious service in a combat zone.

Integrity, sportsmanship and character may be hard to quantify, but Hodges displayed these qualities in abundance. As both a player and manager, he won the universal respect of his teammates, the players he managed, opponents and fans. He was widely recognized as the only player never to be booed in Brooklyn. Hodges made his home in the heart of the community where he played and he was extremely generous with his time, showing a special dedication to youth. Jackie Robinson credited him as a key figure in easing his difficult role as the first African-American in the major leagues in the 20th century. As a first-time manager, Hodges dramatically improved the performance of the expansion Washington Senators. When he returned to New York as manager of the Mets, he brought 25 young men together as a unit that accomplished one of the most improbable and best remembered feats in baseball history: the 1969 World Series title.

His untimely death at age 47 in 1972 robbed baseball and its fans of many more years of his great skills and character. His reputation had endured and grown in the decades since that loss. He has earned one distinction his generations of admirers would dearly love to see become a historic footnote--accumulating more votes than any candidate not yet enshrined in the Hall. His achievements during the quarter-century he did spend in the game have richly earned him a place in baseball’s shrine.

1

Highlight

June 1
We are now live!
  • Ronald G Liebman
    Ronald G Liebman United States, Elmhurst
    Apr 22, 2016
    Apr 22, 2016
    JHodges selection is long overdue, and his failure to be chosen is a major travesty!
  • JACK  JACILLA
    JACK JACILLA United States, New York
    Apr 01, 2016
    Apr 01, 2016
    IT'S A REAL TRAVESTY THAT SUCH A FINE PLAYER PERSON AND MANAGER HAS NOT BEEN ELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME. HE MAY HAVE NOT HAD THE NUMBERS BUT THE INTEGRITY, SPORTMANSHIP MANAGERIAL ABILITIES AND ALL AROUND FATHER FIGURE SHOULD HVE GOTTEN HIM IN ON THE FIRST TRY.
  • Ken Laus
    Ken Laus United States, Bayville
    Mar 10, 2016
    Mar 10, 2016
    HoF for Gil is Long Overdue
  • Gilbert Rivera
    Gilbert Rivera Germany, K
    Mar 03, 2016
    Mar 03, 2016
    RIP Gil Hodges
See More
3590

Signatures

  • 2 months ago
    Ronald G Liebman United States
    2 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    JACK JACILLA United States
    3 months ago
  • 4 months ago
    Ken Laus United States
    4 months ago
  • 4 months ago
    Mike Pignatelli United States
    4 months ago
  • 4 months ago
    Anita Gore United States
    4 months ago
  • 4 months ago
    Gilbert Rivera Germany
    4 months ago
  • 4 months ago
    Richard Massey United States
    4 months ago
  • 5 months ago
    Joan Langer United States
    5 months ago
  • 5 months ago
    Tommy United States
    5 months ago
  • 5 months ago
    Donald Carman United States
    5 months ago
  • 5 months ago
    Dan Doll United States
    5 months ago
  • 5 months ago
    Charles Stein United States
    5 months ago
  • 6 months ago
    Deborah Davis United States
    6 months ago
  • 6 months ago
    Larry Wilensky United States
    6 months ago
  • 6 months ago
    John David Ashley United States
    6 months ago
See More