Gilbert Ray Hodges, ne Hodge was an American Major League Baseball first baseman and manager who played most of his 18-year career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1982. Hodges is generally considered to be the best defensive first baseman of the 1950s. He was an All-Star for eight seasons and a Gold Glove Award winner for three consecutive seasons. Hodges and Duke Snider are the only players to have the most home runs or runs batted in together during the decade with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Hodges was the National League leader in double plays four times and in putouts, assists and fielding percentage three times each. He ranked second in NL history with 1,281 assists and 1,614 double plays when his career ended, and was among the league's career leaders in games and total chances at first base.
Hall of Fame first baseman who helped the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers win World Series Championships in 1955 and 1959. He became a manager after retirement and led the Miracle Mets to a World Series Championship in 1969.
He served in World War II as an anti-aircraft gunner with the Marine Corps and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service.
He was named to 8 All-Star games over the course of his career.
He married Joan Lombardi in 1948, and they remained together until his death.
He was teammates with Roy Campanella on the Dodgers from 1948 to 1957.
- Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exhibits the character and integrity of Lou Gehrig, both on the field and off it.
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Latest information about Gil Hodges updated on June 14 2021.