Gil Hodges Mets Hall of Fame Plaque
Gil Hodges was selected in the expansion draft to join the first Mets team in 1962 and, owing to his time with the Brooklyn Dodgers, was a recognizable face on a brand-new team. After retiring, Hodges returned to the club in 1968 as manager. He became a respected leader who instilled discipline and confidence the young team, and led the Miracle Mets to a World Series championship in 1969. Dodgers great Pee Wee Reese later said of him, “If you had a son, it would be a great thing to have him grow up to be just like Gil Hodges.” All this success led to Hodges’ 1982 induction into the Mets Hall of Fame. Almost four decades later in 2021, he received national recognition with his induction into Cooperstown.
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