Remembering Gil Hodges | Sports & Recreation
Born in Princeton and a star at the old Petersburg High School, Gil Hodges is among the Tri-State's most famous athletes. This time of year, baseball fans remember his heroics. Hodges was an integral part of the great Brooklyn Dodger teams of the late 1940s and 50s.
Sixty years ago about this time, he was leading the Dodgers to the National League pennant. They'd face the Yankees in the World Series but lost in seven games.
Hodges was a favorite of kids in Indiana--and especially in Brooklyn. His 1952 Topps baseball card is regarded as one of the most aesthetically beautiful cards ever made.
In 1955, he helped the Dodgers finally knock off the Yankees in the World Series.
While he spent the vast majority of his career with the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers, Gil spent the final year of his career in New York and it was 50 years ago about this time that he hit the last of his 370 home runs, while an original member of the New York Mets.
Hodges died after suffering a heart attack just short of his 48th birthday in 1972. He was managing the Mets at the time.