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Gil Hodges


A short bio from the Helmar “This Great Game” card back: Has reputation as one of the nicest guys in the league, according to an informal survey of National League umpires who never hear a bad word from Gil. Father was a semi-pro ballplayer in Indiana until he lost an eye in a coal-mining accident. Mr. Hodges still took time to teach his son how to hit a baseball. His professional career was put on hold when he enlisted in the Marines, where he participated in the invasion of Okinawa, earning the Bronze Star. Hodges uses a special first baseman’s mitt by Denkert because of his oversized left paw.


Birth Date: April 4, 1924
Birth Location: Princeton, IN
Death Date: April 2, 1972
Death Location: West Palm Beach FL, USA
Weight: 200 lb
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Bats: R
Throws: R
Debut Date: October 3, 1943
Final Game Date: May 5, 1963
Years Played: 18
Games Played: 2,071
At Bats: 7,030
Runs: 1,105
Hits: 1,921
Doubles: 295
Triples: 48
Home Runs: 370
RBIs: 1,274
Stolen Bases: 63
Base on Balls: 943
Batting Average: 0.273
Position: First Baseman

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