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Gil Hodges

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges

Profession: MLB First Baseman

United States of America

Biography: Generally considered the MLB's most outstanding first baseman in the 1950s. He was exceptional defensively, winning the first three Gold Glove Awards. In 1969, he managed the New York Mets to the World Series title over the Baltimore Orioles, one of the greatest upsets in history.

Born: April 4, 1924
Birthplace: Princeton, Indiana, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aries

Died: April 2, 1972 (aged 47)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1948-12-26 MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi

Historical Events

  • 1950-08-31 Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves
  • 1957-08-01 Gil Hodges hits his 13th MLB career grand slam, a NL record and the last ever by a Brooklyn Dodgers player
  • 1958-04-23 Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game
  • 1960-08-22 Gil Hodges set NL right handed HR record with #352
  • 1968-09-24 NY Met manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack
  • 1972-04-02 New York Mets manager Gil Hodges collapses just minutes after completing a round of golf in West Palm Beach, Florida, and dies of a heart attack
  • 1972-06-10 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)
  • 1988-03-01 For first time since 1956, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon and Gil Hodges passed over

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