Oh, it must have been wonderful to have 3 teams in NYC competing for the love of the fans. And the Mets stories. I do remember Hodges walking out to left field and removing Cleon Jones during a game with the Astros. The excitement of the pennant and Curt Gowdy's call of the final out of the World Series, fly ball to left by Orioles 2nd baseman Davey Johnson and caught by Jones. Those Miracle Mets!
Terrific baseball book about a great baseball character. Jul 12, Chuck Neumann rated it really liked it. This was a good look at the life of Gil Hodges. Hodges was a star first baseman for the Dodgers from the late 's to He helped the Brooklyn Dodgers win their first and only world series in and the Los Angeles Dodgers win their first in He later became a manager, leading the Mets to their Miracle Series win in He died suddenly a few years later. The book gives a detailed look at his childhood, his years in World War II saying he carried with him some dark memories from This was a good look at the life of Gil Hodges.
The book gives a detailed look at his childhood, his years in World War II saying he carried with him some dark memories from his war experience but never saying what they were and his baseball career. It is a good book, though I notice a couple baseball errors the Braves were in Boston, not Milwaukee for example and some overreaching on Hodge's importance giving him, not current manager Yogi Berra, all the credit for the Met's 's N.
He ends the book complaining about Gil not making the Hall of Fame yet. I agree he should be there, but the author goes a little too far whining about it. Still, overall all it was a very good read. For a baseball fan, this is a good biography to read. I am a fan who started following baseball in , so Gil Hodges was near the end of his playing career. So, I did not follow the National League as closely. What I did know, I had forgotten. So, it was good for me to read. Although you could not tell For a baseball fan, this is a good biography to read.
Although you could not tell until the end, the book was largely written to promote Gil Hodges for the Baseball Hall of Fame. For some reason, he has been snubbed in favor of other players who had no better resume. One possible reason I could surmise by reading the book could be his consistency over the years as one of the best players but without the "spectacular" awards like MVP, Home Run Champ, top batting average. Another would be that he was extremely self-controlled and a former Marine who saw combat in WW2 but finished his career during the Vietnam war years where the tight-lipped discipline he portrayed was not well-received by media types who would influence the perception of Hall of Fame voters.
The book emphasized almost ad nauseam the quotes of many praising him for his character, composure, Roman Catholic faith, and as the perfect role model. He respected authority and expected that kind of respect when he became a manager.
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He was the type who kept his feelings and stress inside almost to an unhealthy level. He was a stickler for doing all things right. He was greatly loved and respected by fans and players as well as the general public. The main complaints were that he was difficult to talk to for some if you had a problem and media types could not get anything out of him to write. Although he was a great role model in many ways, his keeping things inside may have caught up with him. He smoked profusely. The year before the Mets won it all , he had a heart attack.
Afterward, tried to stop smoking, but gradually started back. During the players' strike, he died suddenly after playing 3 rounds of golf in Florida with his coaches. It was claimed to be a heart attack, but a few days before it happened, he had an excruciating headache where he had been hit hard in batting practice years before, so it also could have been a stoke.
The book is very informative not only about his life but about the players and others surrounding him. Since it was so hard to get personal information out of him, even for his family, that aspect is rather scarce. So much is based on research and interviews, the book seems a bit like a patchwork of articles rather than having a smooth flowing narrative.
That is not a fault of the author but is the reality of what he had to work with as well as the breadth of the life story of a legend. I do hope the committee does see fit to elect him into the hall of fame. Jan 29, Steve Dittmore rated it it was amazing. Thorough review of the life of a Boy of Summer. Apr 10, Dennis rated it really liked it Recommends it for: any baseball fan especially Dodger fans.
For the baseball fan, like me, this is an excellent read about one of the best baseball players in the modern era on one of the most beloved teams of all time - the Brooklyn Dodgers. I really did not know much about Gil Hodges prior to this book, other than he was part of the Brooklyn Dodger infield that won the World Series.
This biography showed not only For the baseball fan, like me, this is an excellent read about one of the best baseball players in the modern era on one of the most beloved teams of all time - the Brooklyn Dodgers. This biography showed not only what an integral part that Gil Hodges played in the Brooklyn Dodger success story, but also what a tragedy it is, that he has not been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He is more deserving than many of the players that have been voted in, in the last 30 years. The author does a great job of getting into the personal life of Gil Hodges and how he conducted himself as a gentleman both on the field an off the field. So many people looked up to this man and I had no idea until I read the book. And boy could he hit! But the story about his "slump" and how the Catholic preacher told his congregation on a hot Sunday, to go home and "pray for Gil Hodges" was a great story and it seemed to work as he got out of his slump!
I don't always like biographies - sometimes I learn things about the person that I really didn't want to know.
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But this one kept me engaged and anxious to find out what was going to happen next in Gil Hodges life. I recommend this book to any baseball fan. Aug 22, Pat rated it it was amazing. I grew up knowing the name Gil Hodges; as he came from the same part of Southern Indiana as my family and I; he played sandlot ball with my uncles when he'd come to visit his grandmother; who lived across the street from my Grandmother. This biography takes the reader from Gil's humble Hossier beginnings to his storied professional baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, their move to Los Angelos, and his advancement into the role of manager.
Unfortunately, even after a heart attack, improved diet and exercise, Hodges could never kick the habit.
Why Isn’t Gil Hodges in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Clavin presses the point that this was a likely contributing factor to Gil's early death at the age of The author's main purpose in writing this book seemed to be that Gil Hodges has still to be inducted into the Hall of Fame; an oversight that needs to be corrected. I personally enjoyed this book, because there were so many locations and events that I could relate to. But the broader connection is felt that a man of Hodges character, on and off the field, and athletic prowess; that has been honored by scores of other organizations; deserves to have his place in Cooperstown.
A recommended read Nov 17, Robert Morrow rated it really liked it. This is a very thorough and readable biography of a man whose absence from the Baseball Hall of Fame is a crime. While the opening chapters were a bit too heavy on quotes from people from his hometowns who "knew him when," the story becomes far more interesting from the point in which Hodges enters the Marines.
The story of his career track from great player to Miracle Mets Manager is extremely well-told and features exceptional baseball insight. Throughout, the author integrates Hodges' love fo This is a very thorough and readable biography of a man whose absence from the Baseball Hall of Fame is a crime. Throughout, the author integrates Hodges' love for family and commitment to community into the story, and makes a strong case that Hodges' habit of internalizing stress led to his relatively early demise. The author deserves considerable credit for balancing his obvious admiration for the man with frank discussion of his weaknesses as a person and as a ball player.
The stories of his interactions with ballplayers, both during his playing time and in his managing career, give us a great deal of insight as to the positive impact Hodges had on those who knew him. The end of the book makes such a compelling case for his inclusion into the Hall of Fame that it's almost like your reading the closing arguments of a well-prepared and perceptive defense attorney.
Hodges' next opportunity for inclusion is , and I sincerely hope that those making the selection read this excellent book before the vote. Nov 15, Tom Gase rated it really liked it. Really good book on a great Brooklyn and L. Dodger, Gil Hodges. Aside from being one of the premier first basemen and players in the s, he was also a great man, although a little strict at times.
He was the manager of the New York Mets that won the World Series in one of the most shocking things the world of sports has ever seen. He died way too early in All this is told wonderfully Really good book on a great Brooklyn and L. All this is told wonderfully by Tom Clavin, author a great Roger Maris book I read about two years ago. He goes through each of Hodges' years as a Dodger and talks about how the city of Brooklyn really rallied around Hodges, especially when he slumped.
The only thing I didn't like about this book is a couple of times there was researching and reporting errors. For example he calls the Boston Braves the Milwaukee Braves prior to when the team moved there. Other than a couple errors with stats though, a great read and I look forward to reading another book by Clavin. Good stuff.
Dec 23, Roger rated it liked it. When I was 13 years old, a friend of my father's was friends with legendary umpire Nestor Chylak. He took me a friend into the dugout and clubhouse of the Washington Senators and I got to meet one of my heroes, Gil Hodges. As a boy from Brooklyn, he was always the star in our neighborhood. My first major league game was a Ebbitts Field in when I was 5. So I had a true connection to this book. For those who don't, I think it's a little to heavy on the stats and not as much on the person Hodg When I was 13 years old, a friend of my father's was friends with legendary umpire Nestor Chylak.
For those who don't, I think it's a little to heavy on the stats and not as much on the person Hodges was. But I don't think that was possible because, as the book points out time and time again, Hodges didn't speak about himself, his reactions to events or his life in the Marines. I wonder why the author's couldn't have researched military records to see why Hodges won the medals he did, since I did that for my father and got some answers.
Overall, a good book, and the authors make a compelling case why it's a travesty that Hodges isn't in the Hall of Fame. Way overdue. Good book too. Jun 14, Rod rated it it was amazing. This book is pretty much a case for getting Gil Hodges inducted into the hall of fame and the author presents a solid case. It is biographical and if you are a baseball fan who wishes to have a firsthand look at the game in the 50's, particularly the Brooklyn Dodgers, then you will enjoy this book.
Hodges' managerial career, including leading the Amazing Mets in , is also chronicled. Ultimately, I would rate it a 4. May 20, Lynn Green rated it liked it Shelves: sports. This was a very well researched book about a great man who should be in baseball's Hall of Fame. It lacks the historical and cultural background I have enjoyed in books like Opening Day and Game Six. But I enjoyed reading the book to discover more about a great baseball player and a model human being.
Oct 10, Steve Lenox added it. It was my first read on Gil Hodges and was very impressed. Only one questions remains on Mr. Hodges and that is why is he not in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Must read as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers era of baseball or as a Mets fan. Sep 08, Glenn rated it really liked it. A very enjoyable book about an honest and decent man who loved his family, played baseball, and followed the rules. It's hard to understand why he hasn't been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
This needs to be or corrected before too long so that his family can see their loved one honored. Oct 19, Tracie Edwards rated it it was ok. As a fan of the Dodgers, and their classic teams, I was really looking forward to reading this. Gil Hodges was a great player and a great representative for the game. It's a shame he's not in the Hal of Fame. My problem with the book is the writing.
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Exceptional defensively, he won the first three Gold Glove Awards ever given to a first baseman, while anchoring what was arguably the best infield in baseball. The ultimate role model, Hodges possessed an exceptional work ethic and impeccable moral values; he practiced for long hours throughout each year, honing his defensive skills and working on his batting.
He also devoted many hours helping younger players learn the game. He was devoutly religious and dedicated to his wife, children, and extended family.
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He was a significant factor in the successful integration of baseball; his unequivocal acceptance and support of Jackie Robinson, in spite of strong opposition throughout both the National League and the Dodgers, helped to break down many barriers. Knowing that Robinson had sworn to be non-confrontational in his first year in the big leagues, Hodges protected the second baseman when opponents tried to stir up trouble.
He kept the peace at second base with his intimidating strength and determination. Always self-disciplined, he became a strict disciplinarian, enforcing rules of behavior on and off the field. He used his coaches effectively as liaisons with his players.
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Based on his success in Washington, he was called upon to manage the lowly New York Mets. And Hodges was the maestro.