Three former Dodgers are on the Golden Days Era ballot for a chance to make the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dick Allen, Maury Wills, and Gil Hodges are part of the 10-man ballot that will be voted on by the Golden Days Committee. Results will be announced December 5th.
The Golden Days Era is defined as players whose “primary contributions” came between 1950-1969. In order to make the Hall of Fame, at least 12 of the 16 committee members must vote for a candidate.
Granted, Allen was only a Dodger for one year (1971), but it was a good year. Allen led the 1971 Dodgers in: home runs, walks, RBI, OPS, and WAR.
The 1964 Rookie of the Year was traded by the Dodgers to the White Sox that offseason in exchange for a pitcher named Tommy John and shortstop Steve Huntz. Allen won the AL MVP the very next year (1972). On top of his MVP and ROY awards, Allen was a seven time All-Star in his 15 year career.
A true Dodgers legend, Wills is most famous for his prolific base stealing. He led the majors in stolen bases three times and led the National League for six consecutive seasons.
His 104 stolen base campaign, combined with Gold Glove defense and .299 average, earned him the 1962 NL MVP award. He beat out the likes of Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Henry Aaron, and teammates Tommy Davis, Don Drysdale, and Frank Howard. Wills finished in the top ten for MVP voting two more times (1965 and 1971).
As a Dodger, Wills was a three-time World Series champion. Wills was a key cog for the Dodgers and started all 21 games across four World Series. 12 of his 15 major league years were spent with Los Angeles. Willis was a seven time All-Star, two time Gold Glover, and still is, an absolute Dodgers legend.
Hodges was big part of the epic Boys of Summer Dodgers era. The first baseman and briefly outfielder held his own alongside Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Jim Gilliam and Carl Furillo. From 1948-1959, Hodges slashed .279/.364/.862 and clubbed 344 home runs.
The three time Gold Glover earned MVP votes in nine of his 16 seasons with the Dodgers. Hodges recorded seven consecutive seasons with 100 or more RBI. He won two championships with the Dodgers including the triumphant 1955 conquest of the hated New York Yankees.
Hodges won a third championship as the manager of the 1969 Miracle Mets.
A number retirement ceremony will be in order if either Hodges or Wills make the Hall-of-Fame.