Love of the Game Spring, 2014 Auction - Closes Saturday, May 31, 2014
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On the morning of August 31, 1950, just three players in the 20th Century had hit four home runs in one game: Lou Gehrig in 1932, Chick Klein in 1936, and Pat Seerey in 1948.  Of those three, just Gehrig had done so in a regulation-length game (Klein and Seerey accomplished their feats in extra innings).  By the end of the day, however, the Brooklyn first baseman had joined Gehrig, hitting four home runs off four pitchers (including Hall of Famer Warren Spahn), driving in 9 runs and collecting 17 total bases with five hits in a 19-3 rout of the Boston Braves.

Hodges, a New York sports hero, was an eight-time All Star who had more home runs and RBIs in the 1950s than any player other than Duke Snider, was also an outstanding fielder, and after his playing career ended was the manager of the miracle Mets of 1969.  Hodges' 1972 death was a devastating blow to the baseball community, as he was well-regarded as the heart and soul of the Dodgers.

The Brooklyn Dodgers ticket stub is simply dated "Thursday, Aug 31", with no accompanying year.  The ticket was conclusively dated to 1950 simply by finding a full ticket to another 1950 game that features the facsimile signature of Branch Rickey, which dates the ticket between 1943 and 1950 (see scan).  August 31 fell on a Thursday only twice during that period: 1944, and 1950.  Fortunately, the Dodgers were off on August 31, 1944, which enables us to unequivocally date this ticket to August 31, 1950.

The stub itself is superb-looking on the front, with sharp corners and edges, and none of the telltale wrinkles or signs of wear that plague most tickets.  The reverse of the ticket contains the handwritten note "Gil Hodges - 1st base - hit 4 home runs" in ink, underneath the legal disclaimer.  The bottom-left corner is marred by some very minor chipping.

The associated scorecard is in apparent VG condition, with moderate tearing and wear along the edges.  While the game was not scored, pencil notations on the scorecard have modified the lineups of both teams.  The piece's display characteristics are exceptional, an excellent companion to a piece of memorabilia from one of the Dodgers' most memorable regular-season games.

Two pieces taken from one of the more memorable days in Dodgers history, the day that fan favorite (and noted nice guy) Gil Hodges clubbed four home runs in one game at Ebbetts Field, tying the major league record - a record that still stands today.

1950 Brooklyn Dodgers Ticket Stub & Scorecard - Gil Hodges' 4 Home Run Game!1950 Brooklyn Dodgers Ticket Stub & Scorecard - Gil Hodges' 4 Home Run Game!1950 Brooklyn Dodgers Ticket Stub & Scorecard - Gil Hodges' 4 Home Run Game!1950 Brooklyn Dodgers Ticket Stub & Scorecard - Gil Hodges' 4 Home Run Game!
1950 Brooklyn Dodgers Ticket Stub & Scorecard - Gil Hodges' 4 Home Run Game!
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Auction closed on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
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