The Dodgers currently have 9 different numbers retired with the organization. That includes names like Tommy Lasorda (#2), Don Sutton (#20), and Sandy Koufax (#32) just to name a few. But the team announced earlier today that another name would be joining their ranks in the left field on the club level.
Gil Hodges was a part of the Dodgers as a player from 1943 all the way through 1961. He missed 2 seasons in the 1940s serving in World War II. He would return to the team in 1947 and went on to win 2 championships, once with Brooklyn and once in Los Angeles.
His number 14 will forever stand at Dodger Stadium next to a list of legendary names. Those names include players, managers, and broadcasters.
“When you mention all-time greats in Dodger history, Gil Hodges is among the finest to ever don Dodger blue. We are thrilled that he will finally take his place in Cooperstown alongside the games greats and look forward to honoring him.” – Dodger President and CEO, Stan Kasten
Hodges will have his number retired on Saturday, June 4th during a pre-game ceremony. That comes as the Dodgers take on the New York Mets, a team that he would go on to manage after his playing days in Los Angeles.
Hodges passed away days before his 48th birthday back in 1972. That came after he helped to guide the Miracle Mets to a World Series title in 1969. He is also one of the many Dodgers players to have been elected to the Hall of Fame when he was inducted by the Veterans Committee. His induction ceremony for that will take place this July.