From 1943 through 1963, Hodges played for the Brooklyn & Los Angeles Dodgers (1943, 1947-61) and New York Mets (1962-63). He batted and threw right handed. Following his playing career, Hodges managed the Washington Senators (1963-67) and New York Mets (1968-71).
A native of Princeton, Indiana, Hodges was originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a third baseman. After serving in the US Marine Corps during World War II, he returned to Brooklyn and was made the backup catcher. Shortly thereafter he was moved to first and eventually became one of the best defensive first basemen in baseball history. He received three Gold Glove Awards between 1957 and 1959.
A member of the 1955 World Series champion World Champion 1955 Dodgers, Hodges held the National League record for grand slams (14) for several years, and he is a member of the exclusive club of players that have hit four home runs in a single game. Also, he had more RBI during the 1950's than any other player (1001), and was an eight-time All-Star, from 1949-55, and in 1957.
Hodges was one of the original 1962 Mets. A year later, he retired from playing and went on to manage the Washington Senators in the midseason. In 1968 he was brought back to manage the Mets and led them to the 1969 World Series championship.
Batting and fielding statistics (1943-1963)
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA 2071 7030 1105 1921 295 48 370 1274 63 943 1137.273
G PO A E DP TC FP 2084 15722 1365 145 1614 17232 .992
Managerial career (1963-1971)
Years Team G W L WPCT 1963-67 Washington 765 321 444 .420 1968-71 NY Mets 649 339 309 .523 TOTAL 1414 660 753 .467
- Hodges was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1982.
- Milton J. Shapiro published a biography of Hodges, The Gil Hodges Story (1960)
- Hodges and Frank Slocum published a book called The Game Of Baseball (1969)
- A bridge between Brooklyn and Rockaway, a park on Carroll St. and a Little League field on MacDonald Ave. in Brooklyn, were named after Hodges, as was the high school baseball stadium in his birthplace of Princeton, Indiana
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- Batters with 4 home runs in one game
- Top 500 home run hitters of all time
- Home Run Derby
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- List of AL Gold Glove Winners at First Base
- List of NL Gold Glove Winners at First Base
- List of lifetime home run leaders through history
- List of MLB retired numbers
- Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge
- United States Marine Corps
- Official web site
- Baseball-Reference.com - career playing statistics and managing record
- Baseball Library - bio and career highlights
- Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge page
- Who Was Gil Hodges and Why Isn't He Hall of Famer?