GIL HODGES - INSCRIBED MAGAZINE PHOTO SIGNED - HFSID 289622
Shown in the Brooklyn Dodgers dugout, talking with manager Charlie Dressen
Magazine Photograph inscribed and signed: "My Best Wishes Always Larry/Gil Hodges". Color, 6½x10½ mounted to 8½x11. Printed caption: "Dressen gives Hodges an encouraging word before a trip to the plate. Charlie finally had to bench the hapless batter, but he never lost faith that Gil would return to his top form." Gil Hodges (1924-1972) was the star first baseman of the Brooklyn (and Los Angeles) Dodgers and manager of the world champion "miracle" New York Mets of 1969. After one at bat for the Dodgers in 1943, Hodges joined the Marines, returning to the team in 1947 for a stellar career through 1961. A six-time All-Star and a consistent RBI machine, Hodges moved from catcher to first base when Roy Campanella arrived, and soon earned Gold Gloves at his new position. An original member of the New York Mets (1962-1963, hitting that expansion team's first home run), he managed the Washington Senators (1963-1967) and the Mets (1968-1972), leading the Mets to their first World Championship in 1969. (Hodges was voted Manager of the Year, and deservedly so, platooning at five positions and taking a team that had never finished higher than ninth place to a thrilling World Series victory over a powerful Baltimore Orioles team.). He died of a heart attack in 1972 at the age of 47. Charlie "Chuck" Dressen was manager of the Dodgers from 1951 through 1953, winning pennants in the latter two seasons but losing the World Series to the Yankees both times. The slump referred to in the caption occurred in the latter half of the 1952 season, extending through the World Series (in which Hodges - uncharacteristically - went hitless. Dressen helped Hodges return to top form by analyzing film of Gil at the plate. Soon Hodges was back in the groove, helping boost the Dodgers to their first World Championship in 1955. Hodges has narrowly missed induction into the Hall of Fame, and that, in the opinion of many fans, is a gross injustice. Edges and corners lightly worn. Lightly creased. Otherwise, Fine condition.
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