The Brooklyn Bums, the Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Due to his achievements as a player and manager, as well as his sterling character, Gil Hodges deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as much as any player honored by the institution. A towering figure during the Golden Era of the 1950s, Hodges was the Brooklyn Dodgers’ powerful first baseman who, alongside Jackie Robinson, helped drive his team to six pennants and a thrilling World Series victory in 1955.
Dutifully following the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958, Hodges longed to return to New York City, and in 1962, joined the original Mets. He took over the manager’s spot on their bench in 1968 and transformed the team from a joke to World Champions in 1969the Miracle Mets. Yet behind his stoic demeanor lay a man prone to anxiety and scarred by combat during World War II. His sudden death in 1972 shocked his friends and family and left a void in the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
Acclaimed authors Tom Clavin and Danny Peary delve into one of baseball’s most overlooked stars, shedding light on a fascinating life and career that even his most ardent fans never knew.
Tom Clavin and Danny Peary are the national bestselling coauthors of Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero. Tom has also written or co-written ten other books, as well as being a former reporter for the New York Times. He lives in East Hampton, New York. Danny is a writer/researcher for The Tim McCarver Show,” and an author of numerous books and articles. He lives in New York City.
“It’s a perfect fit—a classy book about a classy man.”—Tim McCarver
“Memories are kept alive and new ones made in Clavin and Peary’s splendid, moving tribute to Hodges…All baseball fans will appreciate this fascinating journey into history.”—Larry King