Former Mets manager Gil Hodges has been repeatedly denied entry to the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee.
In order to gain entry, players needed to appear on 12 of the 16 ballots. Hodges received nine votes. The Committee did vote in Ron Santo, who received 15 of 16 votes. Jim Kaat received 10, Minny Minos received nine and Tony Oiliva eight.
In addition to managing the 1969 Mets to 108 wins and an improbable World Series victory in five games over the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles, Hodges hit 370 home runs and drove in 1,274 runs, with a career .273 batting average over 18 seasons with the Dodgers — both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles — and the Mets. He was an All-Star eight times and won the 1958 National League Gold Glove at first base.
John P.C., a reader of MetsBlog
I know everyone’s up in arms about Mike Piazza, but to not have Hodges in the Hall of Fame is disgraceful. During his time, he was unbelievable. Six pennants, he won the first three gold gloves, held the title of most home runs by a righty, and coached the Mets to a World Series. All of this before age 47 when he died. I know Vin Scully has been trying to push to get him in, but to no avail. Instead of being the Hall of Very Good players, which it has become, it should be the extremely elite and Hodges was one of them.
Dec. 11, 2011: Every year, I hope that Gil earns what I feel is his proper spot in Cooperstown and, thus far, I’ve been disappointed. Admittedly, most of my impressions of how dynamic a manager Hodges was comes from reflective stories from my father, but what he was able to accomplish in 1969 remains one of the most stunning miracles in sports. Add to that his imposing offensive presence on the great Dodgers teams of the ’50s (including the 1955 club that won the World Series) and I think his resume speaks for itself.