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Gil Hodges
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Baseball Player
    (April 4, 1924-April 2, 1972)
    Born in Princeton, Indiana
    First baseman for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1943,1947-61) and New York Mets (1962-63)
    .273 career batting average
    370 home runs
    1,274 RBIs
    8-Time All-Star (1949-55,1957)
    Manager of the Washington Senators (1963-67) and New York Mets (1968-71)
    660-753 win-loss record
    #14 retired by the Mets
    He suffered a notorious slump during the 1952 World Series, going hitless in 21 at bats.
    He held the NL record for career strikeouts (1958-64).
    He died playing golf with other members of the Mets coaching staff.
    He achieved the dubious distinction of getting the most Hall of Fame votes for any player not elected by the BBWAA (3,010 votes between 1969 and 1983).
    He later came one vote short of being inducted by the Veterans Committee (1993).
    He earned a Bronze Star as an anti-aircraft gunner with the Marines in WWII.
    He followed Lou Gehrig as the second player to hit four home runs in a game without extra innings (August 31, 1950).
    He held the NL record for career grand slams (1957-74).
    He was the 'Sporting News' Manager of the Year after leading the Miracle Mets to victory in the World Series (1969).
    Pee Wee Reese said, 'If you had a son, it would be a great thing to have him grow up to be just like Gil Hodges.'

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