Former Dodgers slugger Gil Hodges, who won championships as a player in Brooklyn (1955) and Los Angeles (1959) and managed the New York Mets to the 1969 World Series title, was one of four players elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the Golden Days Era ballot on Sunday.
Hodges, who died in 1972, will be inducted posthumously in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 24, along with pitcher Jim Kaat and outfielders Minnie Minoso and Tony Oliva. Former Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills was on the Golden Days Era ballot but did not make the cut. He received three or fewer votes.
Buck O’Neil, the former Negro Leagues star and major league coach and scout who helped found the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, and Bud Fowler, often acknowledged as the first Black professional baseball player, were elected to the Hall of Fame on the Early Baseball Era ballot.
Hodges, an eight-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner known for his solid production at the plate and stellar defense at first base, received 12 of a possible 16 votes, achieving the 75% threshold required for induction.
He will be the 61st individual associated with the Dodgers as either a player, manager, coach, scout, executive or broadcaster to be inducted in the Hall of Fame.
“When you mention all-time greats in Dodger history, Gil Hodges is among the finest to ever don Dodger blue,” team president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “We are thrilled that he will finally take his place in Cooperstown alongside the game’s greats and look forward to honoring him next year.”
Hodges spent the first 11 years of a 17-year big-league career with the Dodgers, playing in Brooklyn from 1947-57 and in Los Angeles from 1958-61, before ending his career with two seasons (1962-63) with the expansion Mets.
The right-handed-hitting Hodges hit .273 with an .846 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 2,071 games, accumulating 370 home runs, 295 doubles, 49 triples, 1,921 hits, 1,274 RBIs and 1,105 runs. He made seven straight All-Star Ggame appearances from 1949-55, driving in 100 or more runs in each season.
Hodges is one of only 18 players in major league history to hit four homers in a game, accomplishing the feat against the Boston Braves in Ebbets Field on Aug. 31, 1950. Hodges had nine RBIs in Brooklyn’s 19-3 win.
In addition to the 1955 World Series-winning club, Hodges played on National League pennant winners in 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953 and 1956. When the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees for their 1955 title, Hodges drove in the game’s only two runs in the decisive Game 7.