Gil Hodges by Tom Clavin
The Brooklyn Bums, the Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend

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For sportswriters Tom Clavin and Danny Peary...their subject's sterling character presents its own challenges. It's as if someone writing an authoritative biography of George Washington were to find that all the old chestnuts were true...
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Due to his achievements as a player and manager, as well as his sterling character, Gil Hodges deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as much as any player honored by the institution. A towering figure during the Golden Era of the 1950s, Hodges was the Brooklyn Dodgers’ powerful first baseman who, alongside Jackie Robinson, helped drive his team to six pennants and a thrilling World Series victory in 1955. 

Dutifully following the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958, Hodges longed to return to New York City, and in 1962, joined the original Mets. He took over the manager’s spot on their bench in 1968 and transformed the team from a joke to World Champions in 1969—the Miracle Mets. Yet behind his stoic demeanor lay a man prone to anxiety and scarred by combat during World War II. His sudden death in 1972 shocked his friends and family and left a void in the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

Acclaimed authors Tom Clavin and Danny Peary delve into one of baseball’s most overlooked stars, shedding light on a fascinating life and career that even his most ardent fans never knew.
 

About Tom Clavin

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Tom Clavin and Danny Peary are bestselling co-authors of Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero. Tom is also a former reporter for the New York Times and co-author of The Last Stand of Fox Company. Danny is a writer/researcher for “The Tim McCarver Show.”
 
Published August 7, 2012 by NAL. 415 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by William Mcgurn on Aug 08 2012

For sportswriters Tom Clavin and Danny Peary...their subject's sterling character presents its own challenges. It's as if someone writing an authoritative biography of George Washington were to find that all the old chestnuts were true...

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