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1984 Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Fame Plaque
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $474
Plaque commemorating Gil Hodges' 1984 induction to the Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Hall of Fame. The gilt-engraved lettering reads "Inducted into/Brooklyn Dodger/Baseball Hall Of Fame/Gilbert Hodges/1943, 1947-1957/June 7, 1984/370 Career Home Runs/14 Grand Slams/1st Player To Hit 4 Homers/In A Night Game/Drove In Over 100 Runs/For 7 Consecutive Seasons/Outstanding Defensive First Baseman." The Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1984 by lifelong Brooklyn resident and Dodgers fan Marty Adler. According to Adler's August 13, 2013, obituary in The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/sports/baseball/marty-adler-curator-of-the-brooklyn-dodgers-legacy-dies-at-76.html?_r=0), the museum "never had a permanent home — it was essentially a personal journey down his baseball memory lane — but it enabled him to share his passion for the Dodgers with his fellow Brooklynites." Later in the same article, the Times notes that the first three inductees into the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 "were figures from the 1950s teams that came to be known as the Boys of Summer: pitcher Carl Erskine, right fielder Carl Furillo and first baseman Gil Hodges, who died in 1972 while managing the Mets and was represented by his widow, Joan." The plaque (9 x 12 inches), which features a wood backing, has been affixed to a gold cardboard backing (11.5 x 14.5 inches) and is in Excellent to Mint collection. Accompanied by a circa 1950s black-and-white photo (6.75 x 8.5 inches) of Hodges as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers posing on the steps of the dugout (Vg, with a number of minor creases). Matted to total dimensions of 11 x 12.75 inches. Total: 2 items (plaque and photo). Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $474
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