Link: Recalling Gil Hodges, manager of 1969 World Series title

Gil Hodges Jr. will throw out the first pitch prior to the New York Mets home opener this Thursday to raise awareness of his Hall of Fame candidacy. 

“Everyone always asked me why he was such a great manager, and for me, the answer was simple. He treated everyone the same. He treated the No. 25 guy like the No. 1 guy. Before the first game of the World Series, I was in his office and I asked him, ‘How can we win? Our lineup doesn’t match up with their superstars. He shut the door and said, ‘It’s simple, Gil. Our guys believe in themselves.’”

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