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Baseball and BBQ Episode #106: Ed Kranepool, Kevin Kernan, Mike Lecolant, and Sam Maxwell Provide Arguments for Inducting Gil Hodges Into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

October 16, 2021 Len & Jeff Season 4 Episode 106
Baseball and BBQ
Baseball and BBQ Episode #106: Ed Kranepool, Kevin Kernan, Mike Lecolant, and Sam Maxwell Provide Arguments for Inducting Gil Hodges Into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Show Notes

It's time to right a long-time wrong and episode 106 is our attempt at doing that by featuring Ed Kranepool, Kevin Kernan, Mike Lecolant, and Sam Maxwell as they provide compelling arguments for finally inducting Gil Hodges Into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ed Kranepool was only 17 years old in 1962 when the expansion team, New York Mets were formed and then spent the next 18 years wearing blue and orange.  Kranepool was an important member  of the 1969 Miracle Mets and when he retired after the 1979 season at the age of 34, he was the all-time Mets leader in eight offensive categories.  He both played with Gil Hodges and played for Gil Hodges as Hodges effectively used player platoons to manage the Mets to their first-ever World Series Championship.  Kranepool uses that experience to give his rather convincing opinions on why Gil Hodges belongs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Kevin Kernan spent 44 years writing sports for major newspapers, 23 years of them as a columnist at the New York Post and his latest columns are featured on the website, https://ballnine.com/index.html   He was recently inducted into the New York Baseball Hall of Fame.  He knows tons about baseball, not only from his many years covering it, but also from his firsthand experience as a star first baseman for Ramapo College in 1976 and 1977.  Kernan provides strong arguments for finally inducting Gil Hodges into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mike Lecolant and Sam Maxwell are Brooklyn, New York residents and proud New York Mets fans.  They offer their unique perspective on the effects which Gil Hodges had on the borough of Brooklyn, many of which are still all around them today.  Mike and Sam join their other cohost, Rich Sparago on The Metsian Podcast, https://www.blogtalkradio.com/themetsianpodcastwsamrichandmike and it is a worthwhile listen.   Once you do, you will respect the argument which Lecolant and Maxwell make for Gil Hodges deserving his rightful place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The discussions and compelling arguments do not end with this episode.  Come back for episode #108, and we will feature two additional guests who feel just as strongly about Gil Hodge's National Baseball Hall of Fame qualifications and offer their unique perspectives.

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