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In descriptions of athletes, the word “hero” is bandied about and liberally attached to players with outstanding statistics and championship rings. Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life is the story of a man who epitomized heroism in its truest meaning, holding values and personal interactions to be of utmost importance throughout his life—on the diamond, as a marine in World Wa ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by University of Nebraska Press
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Chris Jaffe
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: baseball, sports
It's OK. It's very thorough and the author knows a lot about Hodges. But it's also dry. The main problem is that I felt like I could see Zachter goes through his notes as I read this. Too often it was just "and then this happened and then this happened and then this happened."

There's a phrase I like to apply to a lot of books (or other things in life) - you can't see the forest through the trees. Well, this book is "here's a tree. Here's a tree. Here's a tree." And there often isn't any sense o
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Claire Hall
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball, biography
What a great book about a great life.

Gilbert Ray Hodges (1924-1972) only spent 48 years on this earth, but he accomplished much in that short term: thirty months of service in the United States Marines during World War II, service that earned him the Bronze Star; a loving marriage of almost a quarter-century that produced four children; and a Hall of Fame career as a major league baseball player and manager. The fact that the institution in Cooperstown hasn’t recognized this man’s true stature y
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R.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mort Zachter is a man on a mission with his book "Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life." Zachter pulls no punches in arguing that the Baseball Hall of Fame is incomplete without Hodges and then methodically structures a complete argument supporting Hodges' HOF stature. Somewhere along the way a really good book breaks out as well.

Zachter traces Hodges' early, humble days that set the tone for the rest of Hodges' life. From his combat service in World War II through the early years of his baseball car
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Andy McCue
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The best biography of Hodges to date. Very well researched. Sympathetic but not uncritical.
Thomas Nahigian
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fine biography of Gil Hodges, one the most beloved players in baseball history. A power hitting first baseman and fine fielder and later the manager of the Washington Senators who improved each year under his guidance and turned the Amazing Mets into the Miracle Mets who won the World Series in 1969
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Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Got this free as a goodreads first read -- let my dad read it first, I just finally finished it yesterday.... it was a good book and makes me really see this guy should have been in the Hall of Fame but I think he was just too good
Jeffey Snell
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A nice read about a great baseball player and manager. I remember him from when I was a kid in Washington. He managed the Senators, but moved onto the Mets and won a World Series. Sadly, he died young of lung cancer.
Shannon
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I received this as a first reads GIVEAWAY! Well done! Poor Gil Hodges was given a raw deal, may be one of my new baseball heroes.
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