Gil Hodges’ large hands probably helped him to become a pretty good baseball player. The first-baseman hit 370 HR and had a career WAR of 41.8.
Those same hands might have made him good at murder, too.
It’s easy to find several photographs of Hodges that highlight the size of his hands. Apparently, their size distracted both photographers and the public from the fact that Hodges always very literally had blood on his hands.
Gil Hodges is one of those players about whom there’s some Hall of Fame argument. Were his numbers good enough for a first baseman — or for any non-shortstop/non-catcher? Arguably, they were not. But if BoOH+ (Blood on One’s Hands Above Average) were factored into WAR, perhaps there’d be some revitalization for Hodge’s Hall of Fame case.
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