04 January 2011

Gil Hodges story

Thought I'd share a good story from The Boys of Summer. The author had been the reporter covering the Dodgers during the early 50s when the team was amazing - Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo, Preacher Roe, Carl Erskine, Gil Hodges, etc. - but couldn't seem to manage a World Series victory over the Yanks. Years later he catches up with specific players and talks about who they became and the stories they remembered fondly.

On Hodges:

A sense of strength stays with a man. When Hodges managed the Washington Senators, he learned once that four players were violating a midnight curfew. Hodges believed in curfews and he convened his ball club and announced: "I know who you were. You're each fined one hundred dollars. But a lot of us are married and I don't want to embarrass anyone. There's a cigar box on my desk. At the end of the day, I'm going to look into that box and I want to see four hundred dollars in it. Then the matter will be closed." Hodges gazed. At the end of the day, he looked into the cigar box. He found $700.

4 comments:

  1. That's hilarious.

    Going back to the team with Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo, Preacher Roe, Carl Erskine, Gil Hodges. How amazing is that team?> And they only had ONE World Series victory,

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  2. I seem to recall a team across the way who had a lot to do with the Dodgers winning just 1 W.S.

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  3. Bobbo, when you're done with the Boys of Summer you should read Praying for Gil Hodges...also a good read even though a Lib wrote it. I'll let you borrow it.

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  4. Furthermore, Gil Hodges deserves to be in the HOF... what a travesty! Just only another reason why the whole HOF voting and induction process is so laughable.

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