242 NINE Vol. 24.1–2 ful hold that Babe Ruth has exerted over American culture. The asterisk was another issue that pulled Ford Frick in and took him for a ride. John Carvalho provides a vital document on that reactive era of baseball- management history. Mort Zachter. Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015, 478 pp. Cloth, $34.95. Robert A. Moss Which World Series- winning manager hit the most home runs in his playing career? The correct answer is Gil Hodges, whose 370 home runs were good for tenth place on the all- time list when he retired, and who later managed the Mets to triumph in the 1969 classic. Hodges is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but Mort Zachter’s excellent new biography leaves little doubt that he should be. There have been prior biographies of Hodges— by Marino Amoruso (Eriksson, 1991), and Tom Clavin and Danny Peary (New American Library, 2012)— but Zachter’s offering is the most thoroughly documented, with a Notes section that often reads like a separate volume. It is beautifully written and generously illustrated with thirty- nine vintage photos, many from the col- lection of the Brooklyn Public
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Dec 19, 2017
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