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Hod Ford Hod Ford

Right-handed, Shortstop, Second Baseman 3B/1B - Boston Braves 1919-1923, 1932-33; Phillies 1924; Brooklyn Dodgers 1925; Cincinnati Reds 1926-1932

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Horace Hod Ford was a noted fielder and a solid batsman during a career spanning from 1919 thru 1933.

Hod Ford had the misfortune of playing for usually losing teams. He played his first 5 years with the old Boston Braves and their  wins/loss record was 57-82... 62-90... 79-74... 53-100... 54-100. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in December of 1923 and batted a fine .272 in 145 games for a Phillies club that finished at 55-96. Even so, he was well-regarded by opposing teams as a 'standout team player'.

Hod Ford was a consistent, line drive hitter and for seven consecutive seasons batted over .270, 1921 thru 1928. Five times he played over 140 games in a season, hit a career best 29 doubles in 1921 and collected 1,269 career hits. HE played 846 games at the shortstop position and 589 at second base - and played both positions equally well.

Cincinnati Reds' manager Jack Hendricks said this in 1928, "If all my baseball players were aggressive as Hod Ford, we'd win it every year. He sure covers a lot of territory in the infield." 


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