In addition to the players included on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the class of 2022, the National Baseball Hall of Fame is giving others an opportunity to be inducted via the Early Baseball Era Committee and the Golden Days Era Committee.
The latter considers candidates whose primary contribution to the game came from 1950-69. Among those who will be considered for election this year include longtime Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges.
Hodges spent the first 16 of his 18 seasons with the organization, batting .274/.360/.488 with 1,884 hits, 361 home runs, 1,254 RBI and 1,088 runs scored. He earned eight All-Star selections, three Gold Glove Awards and helped the Dodgers win two World Series championships (1955, 1959).
Hodges is considered one of the most accomplished players to not be in the Hall of Fame. Retired broadcaster Vin Scully hopes that changes this year:
Gil Hodges was one of my all-time favorites. Made 8 all-star teams, won 3 Gold Gloves and played on 2 @Dodgers World Series champs. He also managed the 1969 "Amazin' Mets" to its 1st World Series title. I pray he'll get into the Hall of Fame. https://t.co/xtJsKaO8jP
— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) October 28, 2021
After a successful career with the Dodgers, Hodges finished out his playing days as a member of the New York Mets. He then went on to manage the Washington Senators for five seasons before returning to the Mets in the same role and leading them to a World Series in 1969.
The Golden Days Era Committee will vote during the Winter Meetings on Dec. 5 and the results will be announced that same day live on MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight” at 3 p.m. PT.
Any candidate who receives votes on 75% of the ballots cast by either 16-member committee will earn election into Baseball Hall of Fame and be inducted in Cooperstown on July 24, 2022.
They will accompany along with any electees who emerge from the 2022 BBWAA election, to be announced on Jan. 25, 2022.
Wills, Allen among other former Dodgers to be considered for Hall of Fame
Other former Dodgers to be considered for the Hall of Fame include Maury Wills and Dick Allen.
Wills played 14 seasons from 1959-72, of which 12 were in L.A. He hit a .281 lifetime and finished with 586 career stolen bases. The 1962 NL MVP was a seven-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop.
Allen, a seven-time All-Star and 1964 Rookie of the Year, played for the Dodgers in 1971 and hit .295/.395/.468 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI over 155 games. In 1972, he was named the American League MVP with the Chicago White Sox.
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