Even when no baseball is being played, the National Baseball Hall of Fame is a hot topic. It is time for the Hall to correct a terrible mistake that has gone on for decades.
Gil Hodges should be a Hall of Famer.
That oversight can be fixed by the Golden Era committee, which meets in December for the Class of 2021. This might be Hodges’ last best shot. The Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman is the only player to have received 60 percent or higher of the BBWAA’s vote three times and not have made it into the Hall.
In one past veterans committee vote, Hodges came up one vote short. No one else has come so close only to be denied. When Hodges retired after the 1963 season, he had the most home runs of any right-handed batter in NL history and he missed nearly three years of his prime fighting in the Pacific as a Marine in World War II. Add to that his ability to lead as manager of the 1969 Miracle Mets and you have a true Hall of Famer.
Just listen to legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and former Dodgers teammate Carl Erskine. Both men wanted to talk to The Post about Gil Hodges the man, and what he meant to the team as a slugging, Gold Glove first baseman, someone Hall of…