In absolutely wonderful news on Sunday, former Brooklyn and LA Dodgers All-Star Gil Hodges was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame by the Golden Days Era committee.
Gil Hodges has been elected to the Hall of Fame.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 5, 2021
The legendary first baseman of the boys of summer played 2,006 of his 2,071 career games as a Dodger, hitting .274 with 361 home runs and 1,254 runs batted in between Brooklyn and Los Angeles. He helped lead the Dodgers to the club’s only World Series championship in Brooklyn in 1955 and its first in Los Angeles in 1959.
Later, he played parts of two seasons with the Mets before retiring and becoming a manager for the Washington Senators and later the Mets who he led to the organization’s first world championship in 1969.
Unfortunately, Hodges passed away at the age of 47 after suffering a sudden heart attack.
The new Hall of Famer will also be joined by Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso and Tony Oliva as part of the Golden Days Era inductees. Hodges’ teammate Maury Wills was on the ballot this year but was not voted in.
The man with the most Hall of Fame votes who hadn’t gotten in finally and justifiably made it. And as Bob Costas mentioned on @MLBNetwork Hodges’ widow Joan is 95 and still living in the same house they shared in Brooklyn when Gil was a Dodger. Very nice! https://t.co/WM2dL5S17l
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 5, 2021
In Dodger tradition, the uniform number 14 should be retired this season.