A Moment Of Silence, Please
Posted by JD on April 2, 2010
I normally enjoy a good “on this date” post, but today we have to pause to remember one of the saddest days in franchise history. Please take of your caps and hang your heads for moment, for on this date in 1972 Gil Hodges passed away after collapsing on a golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida.
One of the most important figures in the franchise’s history, Hodges was instrumental in molding the “Miracle Mets” of 1969. A fan favorite, Hodges was an original Met passed who returned to lead the Mets to previously unimaginable success. He took a franchise that defined the term “laughing stock” and lead them to the promised land. One of only three Mets to have his number retired, Hodges was a unique leader who earned every accolade he received.
He may never be enshrined in that building in Cooperstown, but he’ll always have a place in the hearts of real Mets fans (even those of us who never had the privilege of watching his teams play). Cheers Gil, and thank you.