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Russell Pleasant Hodges (June 18, 1910 in Dayton, Tennessee - April 18, 1971 at San Francisco, California) was an American broadcaster who did play-by-play for several teams, most notably the New York and San Francisco Giants.

Hodges began his career in 1929. He was nomadic for the first two decades of his career. He worked for the Chicago Cubs, Washington Senators, and Cincinnati Reds before landing in New York with the New York Yankees.

In 1949, Hodges finally found a home with the Giants. On October 3, 1951, Hodges was at the microphone for Bobby Thomson's famous Shot Heard 'Round the World. It was Hodges who cried, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

When the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958, Hodges followed the club west. He continued working for the team through 1970 when he retired.

Hodges died suddenly of a heart attack in 1971. In 1980, he was the fourth recipient of the Ford Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. In 2000, the Giants named the press box in their new stadium the Hodges-Simmons Broadcast Center in honor of Hodges and his former partner Lon Simmons.

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