The Mets will tip their caps to the late, nice Gil Hodges with a bobblehead in his honor this season.
The statue of the beloved former participant and supervisor — who was inducted into the Mets Corridor of Fame in 1982 and can be inducted into the Nationwide Baseball Corridor of Fame this summer season — can be given to the primary 25,000 followers at Citi Area on July 24.
“It’s a gorgeous remembrance. It’s good that individuals get to maintain it of their properties,” stated his daughter Irene Hodges.
Irene, who was 21 when her father died in 1972, stated he would have discovered the nod amusing. “He’d most likely snort; he’d discover humor in it, for positive,” she stated.
The thought for the statue happened when the primary basemen’s long-awaited entry into Cooperstown was introduced.
“As soon as we noticed that … it was kind of a no brainer for us,” stated Tara Napoli, the Mets director of venue companies and promotions.
She made positive that Irene bought to see a rendering of her dad’s statue earlier than the method was full.
“I liked it,” stated Irene, who has lived in Brooklyn — the place her dad debuted for the Dodgers in 1943 — for her whole life.. “In fact, I noticed it on the display screen, but it surely seems to be super. They labored actually onerous to do a superb job.”
An Indiana native, Gil performed 16 years for the Dodgers in Brooklyn and L.A., earlier than turning into an authentic Met in 1962 and retiring the following season. His profession was interrupted when he was drafted and fought in World Warfare II, however he nonetheless completed with 370 residence runs. He turned the Mets supervisor in 1968 and led the Miracle Mets to the 1969 championship over the highly-favored Baltimore Orioles.
“My best reminiscence was the ’69 World Collection,” Irene stated. “My dad was so comfortable for his gamers. Nobody ever thought they might ever win. However he was additionally thrilled for New York. He liked the New York followers; they had been all the time so loyal.”
Gil’s premature dying from a coronary heart assault on the age of 47 “stays one of many nice what-ifs within the historical past of the Mets,” stated Nick Davis, the filmmaker behind ESPN’s 30 for 30 Mets documentary, “As soon as Upon a Time in Queens.”
“It’s altogether becoming and correct that the Mets are honoring him this 12 months within the second 12 months of recent possession, and within the first 12 months of a brand new supervisor whose demeanor and method has Mets followers dreaming, perhaps even with good motive, of their first championship since 1986,” he added.
“He served our nation as a Marine and was a faithful husband and father,” stated Jay Horowitz, director of alumni affairs for the Mets. “It’s an amazing bobblehead for an amazing supervisor, and extra importantly, excellent individual.”
The Mets open the season on Thursday in Washington towards the Nationals, and face the Arizona Diamondback at their April 15 residence opener.
Irene can be there when her dad’s bobblehead debuts. And she or he already is aware of the place hers will go — on her mom Joan Lombardi Hodges’ dresser. “She can be very comfortable to maintain it near her,” she stated.
The Mets 2022 bobblehead roster consists of Pete Alonso, which can be launched on April 30; and Francisco Lindor, popping out on Might 14. The staff additionally introduced a trio of bobbleheads — Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling — which is able to connect collectively to create a bigger memento.