Saturday, May 28, 2016

#465 Gil Hodges

By the time this card came out Gil had passed away from a heart attack on April 2 1972 before the strike delayed season started...he was age 47....This sad event adds an eerie feeling to his picture....legendary player and manager but not in Hall of Fame....hit 370 home runs as a player mostly as a Brooklyn Dodger...rung up a string of 7 consecutive season of 100 RBI’s or more....hit over .290 in 4 out of 7 World Series but also went 0-21 in one too....excellent offensive player but never led league in any major category...many time all star, gold glover, and highly regarded man of outstanding character....went west with the Dodgers but his game was eroding...returned to NY as a player with the infant Mets 1962....started the 1963 but quit the club to manage Washington Senators...came back to NY again to manage Mets for 1968....hampered by team BA of .227 team captured only 73 win....1969: made history....not just happy with an amazing 27 game improvement, a sweep of the first NL League Championship followed....crowning achievement was overturning the heavily favored Orioles in the World Series...following two seasons had a winning records but ultimately let downs as the Mets failed to make the post season.....Yogi Berra took over in his place for 1972.

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