Happy Birthday Gil Hodges

An article by posted on April 4, 2011 2 Comments

Gilbert Raymond Hodges

April 4, 1924 – April 2, 1972

The Mets reminded us today that Gil Hodges, the Manager of the ’69 Miracle Mets, was born on this date. Sadly, he died at age 47 after suffering a heart attack in 1972.

Gil the Teacher and Mentor

In addition to being a tremendous and intense athlete who will someday be recognized by the Hall of Fame for his remarkable achievements as a player and manager, Gil was a father figure and a teacher to his younger players. Hodges knew how to nurture them and get the best out of them.

Gil the Leader

Gil Hodges guided the New York Mets to their first World Championship, taking a team from the division cellar and transforming them into a team of believers who shocked the baseball world. His efforts transformed the lovable losers into the best team in baseball. 

Happy Birthday, Gil

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