Los Angeles Dodgers to retire team number 14 from former legend with ceremony at Dodger Stadium



The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday that they will retire the number of franchise player Gil Hodges, who won titles with the franchise in Brooklyn and later in Los Angeles. The ceremony is scheduled at Dodger Stadium for June 4.

Hodges joins Walter Alston, Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale, Jim Gilliam, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Don Sutton and Pee Wee Reese. joins the list of Dodgers franchise members who have had their number retired on the Los Angeles team.

Hodges will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 24. The player was admitted to Cooperstown through the Veterans Committee.

The first baseman and outfielder played 18 years in the Major Leagues, 16 years with Los Angeles and 2 with the New York Mets. Hodges had 1,921 hits, 370 home runs and a .273 career average.

During his 16 years with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Los Angeles, Hodges helped the team to World Series titles in 1955 and 1959. He was an eight-time All-Star. From 1949 to 1955, he drove in more than 100 races per season.

The former player died at the age of 47 in 1972 when he was manager of the New York Mets, team with which he was crowned in 1969.

“The more you look at it, the more impressive it is. He has always been one of those guys that I had a lot of respect for; when you hear people talk about him, a lot of people who were around himyou think about class and dignity, the presentation of professionalism,” manager Buck Showalter said of Hodges’ announcement.

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