Lafayette Drillers Flashback: Ron Hodges
The Lafayette Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, called Lafayette, Louisiana their home for two years, from 1975-1976.
The Drillers, who played their home games at Clark Field, were co-champions of the Texas League in 1975 with the Midland Cubs, finishing 72-57, before going 58-76 in 1976, the last year of affiliated professional baseball in Lafayette.
A number of outstanding players, who eventually made it into Major League Baseball ranks played at Clark Field in 1975 & 1976, including five former Lafayette Driller players.
All summer long, we’re taking a look back at some of the former players for the Drillers.
Today, pitcher Ron Hodges:
Hodges was a pitcher, primarily a starter, lwho split his time between being a starter and a reliever, for the Drillers during the 1976 season.
An undrafted free agent, Hodges signed with the San Francisco Giants’ organization in 1975 at the age of 22.
The 6-foot, 160-pound Hodges, a right-hander, made a minor league stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before joining the Drillers in 1976 at the age of 23.
With Lafayette, Hodges pitched in nine games in ’76, eight as a starter, going 4-4 with a 3.46 earned run average.
In 52 innings pitched, Hodges allowed 44 hits, 20 earned runs, and 20 walks, while striking out 29 hitters.
After his short stint in Lafayette, Hodges pitched the 1977 season in Waterbury, Florida, before retiring.
In three minor league seasons, Hodges compiled an overall record of 24-18, along with a 2.77 ERA. over 58 appearances.