The Saint Joseph's College baseball program started in 1935 and Gil Hodges was their first — and only — player to make it to the Major League level. Names that appear on the chart above in bold print are in the Saint Joseph College Hall of Fame.
Gil Hodges was the unspoken leader of the legendary Brooklyn Dodger teams of the 1950's. He drove in more than one-hundred (100) runs seven consecutive seasons, he hit forty (40) or more home runs twice during that period, thirty (30) or more home runs six times, and never hit less than twenty (20) home runs in any season in which he played more than sixty (60) games. However, did you know he was originally a catcher? Manager Leo Durocher once said:
"With my catching set, I put a first baseman's glove on our other rookie catcher, Gil Hodges, and told him to have some fun. Three days later, I looked up and, wow, I was looking at the best first baseman I'd seen since Dolph Camilli."
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