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    I'm new to this site but I've read alot of the older posts. I'm a very big Brooklyn Dodgers fan especially Gil Hodges, I feel he belongs in the hall of fame, He was the best first baseman of the 1950's plus he was a pretty good hitter. Pound for pound he was a better first baseman then Tony Perez plus percentage wise he beat him in every hitting category but one batting average by 6 points. He knocked in 100 runs 7 years in a row and averaged 30 home runs for 11 years from 1949-59. He was considered for player of the decade by the Sporting News for the 1950's along with 8 others currently in the hall of fame. The hall of fame isn't only on stats, sportsmanship and character counts too, Gil has all the qualifications, now all we need is for the 90 or so living hall of famers to see it.
    Also does anyone know where Jerry Stern is, he mentioned in a post about Hilda Chester that he has her autograph on a program well I also have her autograph on a program and would like to get in touch with him.
    Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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    Jerry Stern disappeared apparently after Jaykay sent him some hot dogs to pay off a bet. The whereabouts of Mr. Stern constitute perhaps the greatest mystery on this forum, and any information leading to the location of his corpus would be greatly appreciated. I am under the impression that Jaykay has offered a substantial reward for such info.

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    • #3
      Wasn't Jerry last noticed deep down in OUR Rotunda with his incredible hotdogs (no doubt a brilliant green by now).. Has anyone (Jaykay) checked there recently? Come to think of it, WE haven't had a recent report on anything underneath OUR Rotunda. Are OUR lightblubs all accounted for? You are falling down on your job, Jaykay!

      c.
      Last edited by DODGER DEB; 01-17-2006, 12:46 PM.

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      • #4
        There is, perhaps, too much to report, which explains my reluctance to broach such subjects and to fervently wish that none of our old timers would bring them up. But, alas..... I will be uncharacteristically brief.

        To the best of my knowledge, the Rotunda, the lightbulbs and the green (now yellow) hotdogs remain in acceptable physical condition. I have not visited since August of last year, after James Hoffa resigned as caretaker to pursue studies for the clergy. Despite my protestations, he chose his own replacement, a man named Vic Voydock, with whom I have exchanged a few less-than-friendly e-mails concerning his own ideas as to how the place should be run. [Are you ready to start making connections? Have you a bit of spare time? Then keep reading.]

        A photograph of Vic Voydock, in the company of JERRY STERN, can be seen at
        http://www.multicians.org/reunion-04...ock-stern.html

        A master of disguise as well as obfuscation, Stern, looking completely different, can be seen and heard at his own Web site,
        www.jerrystern.com
        where he recounts his many achievements in state government (Pennsylvania - more about this coming up) without acknowledging, like the Jerry Stern we fondly remember, that there is the slightest possibility of his having been in error - about anything. I know, I know: I should talk. But I digress.

        His most recent appearance on this forum occurred on 9-14-02. Apparently, he then began an unsuccessful academic career at Indiana University, where he still responds to e-mails sent to
        www.atasection.org/teaching-consultants.html
        (sixth name down - the address is there)

        So what have we thus far? A current, but not native, Pennsylvanian, associated with higher education. By golly, if you log on to
        www.spondee.net/poets/SternJerry.htm
        you will discover not only a sample of his poetics, but another startling similarity to the past Poet Laureate of the Brooklyn Dodgers. As for John Faragher, the name speaks for itself.




        I draw no conclusions. Stern is shifty, as I learned the hard way many moons ago. After consultation with eminent professionals in the institution in which I reside, we unanimously agree that it is time for Professor Block to step forward and reveal what he knows. If the worst has indeed come to pass, I can only commend Stern for his choice of an unparalleled role model. And if you are one of Stern's unequivocal admirers, let the record show that he is already preparing his next move, should political opposition decide to deal harshly with him. To wit:
        ************************************************** *******

        President creates Coordinator of Anti-Spyware Operations position
        September 06, 2005
        The President of the Association of Shareware Professionals, Jessica Dewell, has named Jerry Stern, to the newly created position of Coordinator of anti-spyware operations for the association. The new position will be responsible for drafting position papers and policy statements and coordinating anti-spyware efforts on behalf of the association.

        Mr. Stern operates Science Translations Software, and also serves as the Editor of ASPects, the association's monthly newsletter. He has recently launched a new web site, SpySafety.com .

        Prior to accepting the appointment to his new position, Mr. Stern had prepared and submitted written testimony to the US Federal Trade Commission's workshop on spyware, and recently submitted a response on behalf of the ASP to the Anti-Spyware Coalition.
        ************************************************** *******

        Because of my reputation, I feel compelled to insist that everything in this posting is factual. I know that Dodger Deb and kramer will appreciate my promptness in furnishing the information they requested.

        Professor Block.....what have you heard?
        pb::

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        • #5
          This astonishing tour de farce from Jaykay reveals a side of him heretofore shrouded in mystery; from the batcave "institution" (a.k.a. "The Rotunda") where he is "incarcerated," he periodically issues forth to do battle against the Jerry Sterns of this world, and he has done the world a great service by uncovering the numerous secret identities that this notorious shape shifter has assumed during his evil career. Mr. "Stern" must now set up shop elsewhere, acquire a new identity, and start all over again. The battle, of course, goes on, but the ability of Mr. Stern to wreak havoc on civilization has for the moment been severely crippled.

          As you probably realize by now, Mr. Stern's pet project has been to keep Gil Hodges out of the Hall of Fame. I do not believe I am compromising Jaykay's efforts to thwart him by revealing to the world this dastardly plot. Nor do I fear that Jaykay will in any way be compromised by the revelations that will follow, revelations that will clarify how Jaykay fights fire with fire, so to speak.

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          • #6
            I think it's obvious to all that Jerry Stern remains comfortably ensconced in the Palm Resturant hard by his Second Avenue office/shrine to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Of equal interest, at least to me, is jaykay's commentary, which, with all due respect and reverence, could be adjudged akin to the Collyer Brothers commenting on Judge Crater.
            Last edited by The Real McCoy; 01-18-2006, 04:20 AM.
            After 1957, it seemed like we would never laugh again. Of course, we did. Its just that we were never young again.

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            • #7
              Do I dare suggest that Jerry Stern's body has somehow been taken over by the infamous and ever frozen Ted Williams, and that is why he is fighting OUR attempts to have GIL enshrined in the Hall of Fame?

              c.

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              • #8
                About Hodges, yeah he definitely belongs in the Hall. I believe when he retired, he hit the most home runs for a right handed hitter in National League history.
                "It kills me to lose. If I'm a troublemaker, and I don't think that my temper makes me one, then it's because I can't stand losing. That's the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first."

                -Jackie Robinson

                55 and 56 chmps.... The two headed monster

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 55 chmps
                  About Hodges, yeah he definitely belongs in the Hall. I believe when he retired, he hit the most home runs for a right handed hitter in National League history.
                  At the time of his retirement Hodges was second in NL HR's by a RHB with 370. He trailed the very active Willie Mays by 36. He also trailed four LHB's for the NL HR crown.
                  Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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                  • #10
                    Is it true that the recent book Praying for Gil Hodges was supposed to be titled Praying for Jerry Stern but was changed for political reasons?
                    Lets get Eddie Basinski elected to the Polish Sports Hall of Fame.
                    www.brooklyndodgermemories.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kramer_47
                      I'm new to this site but I've read alot of the older posts. I'm a very big Brooklyn Dodgers fan especially Gil Hodges, I feel he belongs in the hall of fame, He was the best first baseman of the 1950's plus he was a pretty good hitter. Pound for pound he was a better first baseman then Tony Perez plus percentage wise he beat him in every hitting category but one batting average by 6 points. He knocked in 100 runs 7 years in a row and averaged 30 home runs for 11 years from 1949-59. He was considered for player of the decade by the Sporting News for the 1950's along with 8 others currently in the hall of fame. The hall of fame isn't only on stats, sportsmanship and character counts too, Gil has all the qualifications, now all we need is for the 90 or so living hall of famers to see it.
                      Also does anyone know where Jerry Stern is, he mentioned in a post about Hilda Chester that he has her autograph on a program well I also have her autograph on a program and would like to get in touch with him.
                      Gil Hodges is also my favorite player. I have fought several battles on multiple forums to further his cause.It's good to have another pro Hodges fan on board. His detractors go only with statistics, and as you said there is more to a player then just stats. Welcome aboard I hope you enjoy the ride.
                      Lets get Eddie Basinski elected to the Polish Sports Hall of Fame.
                      www.brooklyndodgermemories.com

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                      • #12
                        Tony nice to meet you, you're my man, thank you for welcoming me aboard.
                        Gil is one of a few that should be in the hall of fame that has been neglected for years now. I want to educate these hall of famers on the oldtimers committee that never saw the best first baseman of the 1950's that he belongs to be along side them in the hall of fame. I have been researching for years on Gil and have come up with a few pretty good arguments, the Tony Perez one is a real good one. I also was at the Ted Williams museum in Florida and spotted a cover of a 1960 Sporting news that had Gil and 8 future hall of famers on the cover up for player of the decade in the 1950's. If he was mentioned then by writers that saw him play with those 8 great players then why is not rated up there with them now. We need 8 more votes in 2007, lets pray that these voters see the light finally. If you want to see any of the info I have please email me at [email protected] or message me here.
                        Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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                        • #13
                          gil hodges

                          Can we also look at the totality of his career to include the masterful job of managing the miracle mets of 69!
                          Johnny
                          Delusion, Life's Coping Mechanism

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                          • #14
                            I have been giving much thought to just exactly what WE could do to help get GIL elected to the HOF in 2007, so I am very glad you posted a thread on this very subject, kramer_47. Everything you said about GIL is absolutely true, but, of course to make 2007 "the year it finally happens", WE will need the help of every loyal and true BROOKLYN DODGER fan, as well as many NY METS fans. BTW, nice to add another real BROOKLYN DODDGER FAN to OUR group...welcome!

                            WE could start a letter writing campaign (or email), as WE did with the Vero Beach Post. My sense is that the best way to get to these HOF's is to make OUR case on an individual basis....and keep making it, all through this year.

                            I want to check with a few people and see if there is any specific agenda set-up, or one that will be set-up, to help this process along. One person I will call is JOAN HODGES, as her input is important. When I last spoke with her, in November, we did talk some about this and I must tell you she absolutely refuses to give up. She told me to just keep praying that 2007 will be the year. There are also a few others I want to touch base with and see what, if anything, can be done to help this along. A UNITED effort could MAKE THIS HAPPEN! GIL will no doubt be the last of OUR Players elected to the HOF, so WE must do all WE can to see that it does happen!

                            To all of OUR loyal members, I would like your comments and input, along with any ideas, that WE could explore!

                            c.
                            Last edited by DODGER DEB; 01-23-2006, 01:54 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Thank you Dodger Deb nice to meet you, I'm very happy I found this site with other Brooklyn Dodgers fanatics like me. I started collecting again 30 years ago by trying to get every piece of Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia I could find, everything from cards, yearbooks, programs, pictures, hats etc, and I'm still collecting today. But my main goal through the years was Gil Hodges, everything and anything Gil, but I still love and collect all Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia.
                              Your post is a very well written and thought out, we need you as our leader.
                              I propose you as committee chairwoman to lead us in getting Gil into the HOF in 2007. We really don't have alot of time, we have alot of work to do, the vote is about a year away. I have a few things to include in letters to the HOF committee, we can probably only reach them care of the HOF because most HOF don't accept mail at there home address. There are some other sites out there that I've been to that are about getting Gil elected. I use to get email from Joe D'Agostin whose email address the last I heard was [email protected]. There are alot of people out there that saw Gil play including writers that believe he should already be in the HOF, Bill Madden from the New York Daily News writes an article every 2 years now about how Gil deserves to be in the HOF. Now we have to convince the younger HOF who never saw Gil play that he belongs just like they do. It is too bad that Ted Williams blocked Gil for so many years to get his friends and other HOF friends in by making deals. Thinking about it Gil should have been elected by the writers, he came closer then anyone else, I don't know what those other 10% of the writers that didn't vote for him were thinking. Gil was the premier, the best, the greatest 1st baseman of the 1950's. All the other great Dodgers from those great teams are in but without Gil that team wouldn't be as good as it was for those 10 years. He was 2nd in Hr and RBI in the national league in the 1950's, how many runners were out at 1st base because of Gil cheating off the base so quick that he almost always got the call.
                              I met Gil many times when I was a kid because my uncle Pete worked at Ebbets field as a special cop and became friends with Gil. I never had the pleasure of meeting Joan Hodges, I saw her one time at a girls high school fast pitch softball game watching her grand daughter play 1st base and get a few hits while wearing number 14. I just thought I'd mention that Gil's grand daughter was a chip off the old block. Deb tell Joan we are ready to do everything we can to get Gil those 8 votes he didn't get the last time and get him in the HOF where he belongs.
                              Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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