A lot of players get called a model of consistency but Gil Hodges really fit that bill. For eleven years in a row, he smacked twenty homers and delivered a three-digit number in Runs Batted In total for seven straight seasons. He didn’t hit for a high average, but he did walk consistently enough to make up for it. He was an athletic man and was a huge asset in the field with his fast hands and quick thinking. Basically, he was the prototype for athletic first basemen that had good power and could bat clean up.
The knock against Hodges is that as proficient as he was for hitting the long ball, he never led the league in that category. In fact, other than Games Played, Gil Hodges never led the league in any offensive category and though he always received a few MVP votes he was not a serious thought for any of them. Eventhough, Hodges put up good power numbers, many have since surpassed but when he retired, everyone who was eligible and had more home runs had been inducted. Hodges is currently the man who has received the most votes but has yet to be enshrined, and sadly that is the lone record that he does have. Even sadder, that record seems fairly safe.