Gil Hodges Hits A Ball That Solly Hemus Can’t Catch

Gil Hodges Fly Ball Just Out Of Reach Of Solly Hemus – 1951

You Dropped Something Sol!
Brooklyn, NY – St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Sol Hemus loses his hat as well as Gil Hodges’ high fly to center field in the third frame of the game with the Dodgers, July 21. Coming in to help Hemus are centerfielder Wally Westlake (17) and leftfielder Harold Rice (39). Darting back to second base is Card second sacker Red Schoendienst. Ump is Lon Warneke. Brooks’ Jackie Robinson, who tried to score on the play was out at the plate. Brooks won 3-2. credit: Acme 7/12/1951

Over an 11 year career, Solly Hemus batted .273 in 961 games. Hemus became the Cardinals manager in 1959 and was fired part way through the 1961 season. Solly Hemus would have been 100-years-old this year, but he passed away at age 94 on October 2, 2017.

Gil Hodges was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022, 50 years after his death from a heart attack at age 47 on April 2, 1972 right before the season was to begin. Hodges served four years as Mets manager from 1968 -1971 compiling a 339-309 record. Hodges will forever be remembered for leading the Mets to the 1969 world championship.

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