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(NYPost)   Gil Hodges, who guided the miracle Mets to their first World Series championship in 1969, finally elected to the baseball Hall of Fame   (nypost.com) divider line
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2021-12-06 9:27:14 AM  
Whenever I hear the name of Gil Hodges, I always think of Brooklyn Bridge from CBS.

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2021-12-06 9:28:55 AM  
How the ever-loving fark was Buck O'Neil not in the hall already?
 
2021-12-06 9:31:36 AM  
But not Dick Allen. Thanks a lot, jerks
 
2021-12-06 9:35:58 AM  

WoodyHayes: Whenever I hear the name of Gil Hodges, I always think of Brooklyn Bridge from CBS.


I think of this.

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2021-12-06 9:40:39 AM  

UNC_Samurai: How the ever-loving fark was Buck O'Neil not in the hall already?


Could it be....RACISM???

/no seriously.  It was racism
 
2021-12-06 9:44:24 AM  
Nice to finally put all these guys in.....AFTER THEY'RE DEAD.
 
2021-12-06 9:47:26 AM  

The Third Man: UNC_Samurai: How the ever-loving fark was Buck O'Neil not in the hall already?

Could it be....RACISM???

/no seriously.  It was racism


That's the answer until the early 90s.  Why wasn't he on the list in the 2006 special election?
 
2021-12-06 9:57:13 AM  

UNC_Samurai: The Third Man: UNC_Samurai: How the ever-loving fark was Buck O'Neil not in the hall already?

Could it be....RACISM???

/no seriously.  It was racism

That's the answer until the early 90s.  Why wasn't he on the list in the 2006 special election?


Now that's a better question...seeing as O'Neil was on the committee for that special election.  Maybe he told his colleagues not to vote for him?  That would have been in his character.  It might have swayed enough votes away from him.

An even better question is why it took 14 years after he died in 2007 to elect him.  Honestly, I don't have even the slightest answer for that.
 
2021-12-06 9:57:31 AM  
Also a heck of a first baseman!
 
2021-12-06 10:05:29 AM  

Arkanaut: Also a heck of a first baseman!


Hodges is one of those rare candidates who was just on the cusp of getting elected as either a player or a "contributor".  The Hall has never been great at recognizing that group.
 
2021-12-06 10:12:44 AM  
I'ma let you finish... but there is NO WAY Gil Hodges should be in the Hall of Fame before Dick Allen
 
2021-12-06 11:08:30 AM  
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2021-12-06 11:20:46 AM  
Who's going to tell him?
 
2021-12-06 11:34:54 AM  
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2021-12-06 11:38:45 AM  

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Was hoping to see old Gil show up in this thread.
 
2021-12-06 12:04:05 PM  

ElwoodCuse: But not Dick Allen. Thanks a lot, jerks


He deserves the hall for his combined greatness; being a power hitter in an era that didn't have many, and being the guy who did this:

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2021-12-06 12:26:57 PM  
Look, I haven't done that well keeping up with this new CSI revival, so I know I've missed a couple episodes, but I'm completely lost on this one...
 
2021-12-06 12:57:44 PM  

ElwoodCuse: But not Dick Allen. Thanks a lot, jerks


Nor Lou Whittaker. I hope I live long enough to see Tram introduce him. If it took Gil this long then I'm not hopeful.
 
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2021-12-06 1:31:27 PM  

softshoes: ElwoodCuse: But not Dick Allen. Thanks a lot, jerks

Nor Lou Whittaker. I hope I live long enough to see Tram introduce him. If it took Gil this long then I'm not hopeful.


So damn much this. Lou was one of my favorites from back then, same with tram. Having tram in without Lou seems like... Having tram on the field without Lou
 
2021-12-06 1:42:42 PM  

151: softshoes: ElwoodCuse: But not Dick Allen. Thanks a lot, jerks

Nor Lou Whittaker. I hope I live long enough to see Tram introduce him. If it took Gil this long then I'm not hopeful.

So damn much this. Lou was one of my favorites from back then, same with tram. Having tram in without Lou seems like... Having tram on the field without Lou


That actually happened, though.  1995 was supposed to be the swan song for Tram, Lou and Sparky and their final game was in Baltimore and I was in college in Washington at the time so I made the trip for it.  A bit of a gyp for me, though because the Tigers batted them 1-2 and then they played one inning in the field and were both removed after a brief ceremony where they were both given second base.  But Trammell came back for one more year after that anyway.
 
2021-12-06 1:46:08 PM  
When they put Koufax in for a short but spectacular career, and then didn't do the same for Tony Oliva, I wondered whether racism had something to do with it, well, no, I didn't wonder at all.

Kaat should have been in a long time ago.
 
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2021-12-06 2:32:44 PM  

buckeyebrain: 151: softshoes: ElwoodCuse: But not Dick Allen. Thanks a lot, jerks

Nor Lou Whittaker. I hope I live long enough to see Tram introduce him. If it took Gil this long then I'm not hopeful.

So damn much this. Lou was one of my favorites from back then, same with tram. Having tram in without Lou seems like... Having tram on the field without Lou

That actually happened, though.  1995 was supposed to be the swan song for Tram, Lou and Sparky and their final game was in Baltimore and I was in college in Washington at the time so I made the trip for it.  A bit of a gyp for me, though because the Tigers batted them 1-2 and then they played one inning in the field and were both removed after a brief ceremony where they were both given second base.  But Trammell came back for one more year after that anyway.


Fair point, I had forgotten about that. Point still stands for 98% of games or whatever though
 
2021-12-06 2:35:01 PM  
softshoes Nor Lou Whittaker. I hope I live long enough to see Tram introduce him. If it took Gil this long then I'm not hopeful.

Whitaker, if I'm getting it right, gets considered by another committee.  It's ridiculous that he's not in already but I was encouraged by this latest round of elections.  O'Neil is something of a separate case, his contributions to the game are so wide ranging that he deserves to be there.

I'm glad Kim Kaat is finally being rewarded for having the kind of durability and talent it takes to play 25 years.  Hodges and Oliva are deserving too but they were not at the level of Dick Allen or Lou Whitaker.  That's not a knock on them it's just my hope that these committees are finally doing what should have been done years ago, namely opening the gates a little to let great players in even if the lords of the media were too uninformed to get it right the first time.

It became the Hall of the Very Good back in the 1960s and they've still managed avoid putting in a lot of legitimately great players for way too long.
 
2021-12-06 5:30:55 PM  

Porkbelly: When they put Koufax in for a short but spectacular career, and then didn't do the same for Tony Oliva, I wondered whether racism had something to do with it, well, no, I didn't wonder at all.

Kaat should have been in a long time ago.



Back in the '70s, I had a Tony Oliva glove.  That thing would catch anything near me.
 
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