Gil (Marines) and Buck O’Neil (Navy) are two of the 2022 HOF inductees who served their country, and The Hall will recognize them today by placing a medallion under their plaques in Cooperstown.
Hodges received a Bronze Star for his valor at the Battle of Okinawa. He was in the Marines for three years. In all, 70 Hall of Famers served in the military.
“What’s crazy about the Bronze Star is that my dad never mentioned it to the family. We didn’t know anything about it until we read the story in a Marine magazine,” said Gil’s daughter, Irene Hodges. “That’s the kind of man my father was. He never ever wanted to speak about himself.”
Going to my first movie tonight (Thursday, October 27) since the start of the pandemic and I don’t care if there isn’t any popcorn.
I will be seeing the HBO World Premier of Say Hey, Willie Mays.
I am not ashamed to say that Willie Mays was my idol. For me, he is the best player to ever put on uniform. He could do it all. So thankful that with the help of Steve and Alex Cohen, we were able to retire his Number 24 at the Old Timers Game last August.