It's time to finally get Gil Hodges into the Hall of Fame. Check out Jerry Crowe's excellent story about this decades long pursuit in the LA Times.
Supporters say that Hodges, who in 1969 managed the "miracle" New York Mets to a World Series championship and in 1972 died from a heart attack two days before his 48th birthday, belonged in Cooperstown years ago.
"It's beyond us why he hasn't been elected," says Marty Adler of Plainview, N.Y., founder and president of the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame and distributor of a bumper sticker -- "Cooperstown Needs Gil Hodges -- that plainly spells out his sentiment. "Some people say I'm so prejudiced toward the Brooklyn Dodgers that I can't accept the fact that he's just not good enough.
"But you're supposed to look at a player during his playing tenure, and in my honest opinion he was clearly the best first baseman of an entire decade."