Ed Kranepool was born and raised in The Bronx. After graduating from James Monroe High School, where he broke Hall of Famer Hank Greenburg’s all-time home run record, Kranepool was signed by baseball’s new National League franchise — The New York Mets. At 17 years old, he received a $75,000 signing bonus.
The New York Mets squeezed out a win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, 2-1. The Mets scored the eventual winning run in the sixth inning when Jim Hickman scored on a wild pitch by Cubs starter Dick Ellsworth.
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The 1969 Mets have representation in the Hall of Fame. But is it enough? Not according to many, many fans of that club, as well as actual team members. Now one player wants to elevate his efforts to enshrine that team’s manager, the late Gil Hodges.Art Shamsky, who played on the Mets from 1968 through 1971, will put together a committee to consider people from the “Golden Days Era” (1950 to 1969). Hodges has been considered by many of the committees, which feature Hall members as well as current team executives, historians and media folks, only to fall short.
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” No, I’m not referring to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I’m talking about the 1962 New York Mets by Casey Stengel.
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April 2, 1972 began like so many other spring Sunday’s of his life. Church and a round of golf with friends.
After attending an early Easter service in Florida, Hodges met his coaches on the golf course. The foursome of Hodges, Joe Pignatano, Rube Walker and Eddie Yost played 27 holes at the Palm Beach Lakes course before calling it a day. As the group walked from the course back to the clubhouse, Hodges collapsed and died of a massive heart attack just two days prior to his 48th birthday.
His coaches and his team were shocked.