One of the game’s greatest sluggers of the 1950s, Gil Hodges was the oomph that kept the Brooklyn Dodgers offense running. Gil, who served in the military during World War II at the beginning of his career, missed the 300 homerun and 2,000 hit plateaus by margins meager. One of the game’s terrific gentlemen, Mr. Hodges was a well-respected player whose presence in the heart of the Dodgers order was valuable. His booming bat was good for 30-plus homers a season and his position in the lineup enabled him to rack up many RBI. After his retirement, Gil managed and is widely regarded with turning the lowly New York Mets into champions.