A Greensboro native, Ralph Hodgin first appeared in the majors in 1939 with the Boston Bees, who acquired him from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. Hodgin returned to the minors until being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1943. An outfielder and third baseman, Hodgin spent five years with Chicago, including seasons when he hit .314, .295 and .294. In 530 career games, Hodgin hit .285 and drove in 188 runs and was exceptionally difficult to strike out. He also played 16 seasons in the minors, including three years at Triple-A, with a lifetime average of .307.