Another leftover that never got scheduled. This one was part of my research into if we should do something Gil related at the 2013 Mets Police Awards.
A Hall of Famer was supposed to be the dominant person at his position during his era. Hodges not only was the major league’s premier first baseman, making eight All-Star teams, but also was one of the most dominant of all players. From 1949 to 1959, he averaged 30 homers and 101 runs batted in. In his time, he was the only player to drive in 100 runs in seven straight seasons. He had five straight seasons with more than 30 homers and eleven straight with 20 homers, tying a league record. He had at least 23 doubles and 23 homers for nine straight years. For the 1950s, he ranked second in the majors in homers and RBIs behind Duke Snider, and third in total bases behind Snider and Stan Musial. He ranked in the top 10 in runs, hits, and walks. He also received the first three Gold Glove awards given to a first baseman. Moreover, he helped the Dodgers capture seven pennants and two world titles.