Monday, July 5, 2010

Gil Hodges Widow & Former Mets Coach Discuss Hodges Removing Cleon Jones From LF

Having a little time this morning, I came across an interesting video by pwitt1012 of former Mets coach Joe Pignatano and Joan Hodges discussing the famous removal of Cleon Jones on July 30, 1969.

Legend has it that Hodges slowly strolled from the Mets dugout out to LF and said to Jones that he was hurt and he was coming out of the game. Cleon Jones has said he had a sore leg (or something of the sort), but it was well known that Jones had loafed after the ball. Hodges had a few words for Jones and then he turned around and returned to the Mets dugout...with Jones following behind.

The video below was taken at a Tribute To Gil Hodges at Keyspan Park in 2003. There are some great recollections of the now famous incident. The Mets got demolished in both games of the doubleheader that day against the Astros, but from that point on, the Mets went on to win 45 of their next 64 games, culminating with the Championship in October.

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